Rockdale County Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley, Sheriff Eric Levett, Probate Judge Charles Mays and Clerk of Courts Ruth Wilson will host a joint town hall meeting on Thursday, March 27, 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the J.P. Carr Services Center Community Room, 981 Taylor Street in Conyers.
The meeting will offer citizens an opportunity to learn about each office, ask questions, and meet with their constitutional officers.
“We hope this event will give us the chance to show the community what each one of our positions entails. We will also have displays set up to highlight our respected departments and any special projects our departments are working on,” said Hadley, who is organizing the event. “We will have a question-and-answer session, but we will answer one-on-one questions too. As constitutional officers, we work together a lot and we want to bring the community together to share ideas and become fully educated on our offices.”
Clerk of Court Wilson says all four of the officials leading the town hall are members of the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia (COAG).
“This will be a great opportunity to talk to us on a personal level about all the services our agencies provide together and individually. We come together all the time under COAG and this event is an extension of that,” said Wilson. “We want to make it clear how our offices interact with the Board of Commissioners and also serve as fiduciary agents of the state and federal government. We believe the public will be well served by having access to firsthand information. Knowledge is power and we want citizens to be well informed.”
Constitutional officers are elected county officials whose positions are required by the Constitution of the State of Georgia and whose duties are provided by general law. The clerk of courts, probate judge, sheriff and tax commissioner are the only four elected positions that are mandatory in each of Georgia’s 159 counties.
Judge Mays says although this will be the first time he and the three other Rockdale constitutional officers have hosted a meeting of this kind, they plan to have many more in the community.
“We have ideas to advance the county and we want the community’s feedback on how we can work together to make a better Rockdale. We’ve talked about quarterly meetings, based on the success of this one, but that’s not concrete yet,” said Mays. “We want the people to become familiar with our faces and the services we provide.”
Sheriff Levett said he is looking forward to the Town Hall meeting.
“We’ve had a very busy year already with the snow and ice storms and I want the community to know that the men and women at the RCSO continue to fight crime so that the citizens of Rockdale County feel safe,” said Levett. “I’m excited about the Town Hall because I will get to share with residents updates on the offices’ crime mapping program, our Facebook page, as well as some accomplishments coming out of the Sheriff’s office.”
The town hall meeting is open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley at 770-278-7604.