McKinney pushes national coalition to stop police brutality
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McKinney pushes national coalition to stop police brutality
Cynthia McKinney is organizing a national coalition to stop police brutality. The former Georgia Congresswoman said during a Jan. 6 press conference that too many blacks and Latinos are being brutalized or killed by police and she wants to find a way for law enforcement and the community to work...
Atlanta Streetcar turns page in city’s history
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Atlanta Streetcar turns page in city’s history
ATLANTA—The long-awaited Atlanta Streetcar made its inaugural run through downtown on Dec. 30, turning a page in the city’s history. Read More: http://ocgnews.com/index.php/local-news/3540-atlanta-streetcar-turns-page-in-city-s-history
DeKalb authorities identify murder suspect in bus stop shooting
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DeKalb authorities identify murder suspect in bus stop shooting
DeKalb County authorities have identified Christopher Merritt, 18, of Lithonia as the suspect in the shooting death and robbery of 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins. Read More: http://www.ocgnews.com/index.php/local-news/3460-dekalb-authorities-identify-murder-suspect-in-bus-stop-shooting
Fighting crime goes high tech: DeKalb police partner with virtual Neighborhood Watch initiative
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Fighting crime goes high tech: DeKalb police partner with virtual Neighborhood Watch initiative
Local neighborhood watch efforts are getting a virtual boost, thanks to a new partnership between the DeKalb County Police Department and Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), a private virtual network for neighborhoods. Read more at:...
Volunteers express the joys of helping RCCA
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Volunteers express the joys of helping RCCA
Volunteers at the Resource Center for Community Action in Conyers.
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Rockdale Chief of Staff resigns

Rockdale Chairman Richard Oden’s Chief of Staff, Gregory Pridgeon, has resigned. Pridgeon submitted his resignation last Friday, Jan. 4, stating that he was pursuing other career opportunities. His resignation is effective Feb. 1, county officials said.

Before he was hired to work for Rockdale three years ago, Pridgeon worked as a regional land use planner in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Prior to his work in Virginia, Pridgeon spent nearly 30 years working with the city of Atlanta, where he served as manager of legislative affairs for Mayor Maynard Jackson, and as chief of staff for mayors Bill Campbell and Shirley Franklin.

Rockdale Commissioners discussed the position Pridgeon is leaving during a planning retreat it held today to set goals for 2013. The Board of Commissioners said it plans to look at whether to create a position that would serve the three-member board or one that would continue to serve the Chairman, or even to perhaps create two positions with the $90,000-a-year salary earned by Pridgeon.

Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said he believes a plus for Rockdale would be to have a “legislative liaison” or “constituent services representative” who would assist Commissioners in the Post 1 and Post 2 seats, now held respectively by himself and Janice Van Ness. The new liaison or constituent representatives would handle constituents’ calls and concerns on behalf of the two commissioners, Nesbitt said.

“As part-time commissioners, we are not in the office every day.  We need the ability to address our constituents’ concerns and issues when they call. A position like that would enable us to respond more quickly,” Nesbitt said.  “And as we continue to grow, we’re going to have to make some decision about which direction we want to go in.”

The board plans to have a follow-up retreat before Jan. 31, when the State of the County Address will be delivered.

 

 

 

 

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