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Dekalb County District Attorney Announces 2 New Appointments

Dekalb County District Attorney Announces 2 New Appointments

Dekalb County, GA--  (submitted by Eric burrton of Dekalb County Gov)

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James recently announced the appointment of Nicole D. Marchand as Chief Assistant District Attorney, Craig S. Scott as Chief Investigator, Erik Burton as Director of Communications and Kaleema Thomas as Director of Diversion Programs.

Marchand, an Emory Law School graduate, previously served as the Acting Solicitor-General and Chief Assistant Solicitor-General. Scott previously served under James as his Chief Investigator in the Solicitor-General’s office and has worked as an investigator in the District Attorney’s office under former District Attorneys J. Tom Morgan, Jeff Brickman and Gwen Keyes Fleming. Burton, a Florida A&M University graduate, was the former Communications Director for the Office of the Solicitor-General and Community Relations Director for DeKalb County Government.

Dekalb Schools Official Announcement on Money Saved from Possible Redistricting

Dekalb Schools Official Announcement on Money Saved from Possible Redistricting

(Submitted by SDekalb County Schools)

The DeKalb County School System is announcing today results of the cost/savings analysis regarding the current Redistricting and Consolidation proposal for the School District.

The Redistricting and Consolidation plan options, which were presented to the DeKalb County Board of Education by MGT of America on Jan. 3, 2011, are designed to address inefficiencies in the facilities management of DeKalb Schools, including some 11,000 “empty seats” throughout the School District.

The plan, which must be approved by the Board of Education, will be implemented at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year and includes two options, including a “centralized” and “decentralized” option.

Based on an internal review and consultation with the Georgia Department of Education, the School System estimates the centralized plan will save the School District approximately $150 million over the next ten years, while the decentralized plan will save approximately $161 million over the same period of time.

On an annual basis, the centralized plan would save the School System some $15 million each year, while the decentralized plan would save approximately $16 million.

Dekalb County DA Announces New Appointments

Dekalb County DA Announces New Appointments

DECATUR -- Recently, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James recently announced the appointment of Nicole D. Marchand as Chief Assistant District Attorney, Craig S. Scott as Chief Investigator, Erik Burton as Director of Communications and Kaleema Thomas as Director of Diversion Programs.

Marchand, an Emory Law School graduate, previously served as the Acting Solicitor-General and Chief Assistant Solicitor-General. Scott previously served under James as his Chief Investigator in the Solicitor-General’s office and has worked as an investigator in the District Attorney’s office under former District Attorneys J. Tom Morgan, Jeff Brickman and Gwen Keyes Fleming. Burton, a Florida A&M University graduate, was the former Communications Director for the Office of the Solicitor-General and Community Relations Director for DeKalb County Government.

DeKalb County Commission to Vote on Recreation Center Closures

DeKalb County Commission to Vote on Recreation Center Closures

In an effort to balance the county’s budget, the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department has proposed that the Board of Commission close five of the counties recreation centers. The centers proposed for closure are:

  • The Tobie Grant Recreation Center located at 644 Parkdale Drive in Scottdale.
  • The Briarwood Recreation Center located at 2235 Briarwood Way in East Atlanta.
  • The NH Scott Recreation Center located at 2230 Tilson Road in Decatur.
  • The Mason Mill Recreation Center located at 1340 Mcconnell Drive in Decatur.
  • The Lucious Sanders Recreation Center located at 2484 Bruce Street in Lithonia.

However, until the commission actually votes on these proposed closures, the centers will continue to operate, as usual. These closings were proposed along with a tax increase of $2.32 million.

Fire Personnel Placed on Administrative Leave

Fire Personnel Placed on Administrative Leave

TUCKER, GA -- As part of the ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct involving DeKalb Fire Rescue personnel, Public Safety Director William Z. Miller has placed two Fire Rescue Department commanders on administrative leave today.

Deputy Chief William Smith and Assistant Chief Joseph Tinsley are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.  This action was taken by Director Miller as a result of recent developments in the investigation.  Firefighters William Corbett and Captain Marcus Reed also remain on paid administrative leave as this investigation continues.

There is no additional information available at this time.

 

Dekalb's CEO Burrell Ellis' Town Hall Meetings Continue to be a Success

Dekalb's CEO Burrell Ellis' Town Hall Meetings Continue to be a Success

Stone Mountain, GA-- DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis has been attending a series of in-home neighborhood meetings all month long to discuss and receive feedback on the proposed 2011 executive budget recommendations and related county matters.  The last meeting took place on January 25th at the 5001 Mainstreet Park Drive Clubhouse in Stone Mountain.  It was hosted by community member Rick Harris.

To the room full of residents Mr. Ellis said, “I know that residents have questions to ask and priorities to voice, (and) I want to hear what the people have to say”.

The remaining meetings will be at the following locations:

(The meeting initially set for Feb. 1 will be rescheduled. Other neighborhood gatherings may be announced at a later date.)

Wednesday, Feb.

Dekalb CEO will attend In-Home Neighborhood Meetings

Dekalb CEO will attend In-Home Neighborhood Meetings

Dekalb County, GA--  In an attempt to get even further in the public and to find out exactly what the local neighborhoods and residents are concerned about, the Dekalb CEO will be attending in-home neighborhood meetings during the month of January.  The focus of Mr. Ellis' visits is to discuss and receive feedback on the proposed 2011 executive budget recommendation and related county matters. 

“I know that residents have questions to ask and priorities to voice,” said CEO Ellis.  “I want to hear what the people have to say”.

The remaining meetings will be at the following locations: