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Elections Are Over. What's Next For Brookhaven?

The city goes online in less than two weeks. The new mayor and city council have a lot to do before then, and much more afterward.


A long and contentious debate over cityhood, followed by a long and contentious series of elections, are all over. So what's the next step for Brookhaven on the road to cityhood?

Bill Riley, an Atlanta attorney who has volunteered his legal advice to the Brookhaven Commission, spoke with Patch late Tuesday night about what's next:

First of all, DeKalb County has to officially certify Tuesday's election results, said Bill Riley, an Atlanta attorney who has volunteered his legal advice to the Governor's Brookhaven Commission. Mayor-elect J. Max Davis estimates that should happen by the end of this week.

Then, the new mayor and city council must be sworn in.

Riley said at that point, an agenda would be drafted for the commission's first meeting and notifications sent. That agenda could include items such as the appointment of an acting city clerk, attorney and city manager.

Davis said the council cannot meet without a city clerk to record minutes of the meeting.

Riley said that the agenda could also include the approval of tax anticipation notes, which is how the new city will be funded during its beginning.

Then comes a search for a permanent city manager and attorney, and the hiring of a police chief. The mayor and city council will also take over negotiations with DeKalb County over which services the county will continue to provide. Riley said all services currently provided by DeKalb, including police and 911, are paid for through the end of 2012.

Brookhaven city council members-elect Jim Eyre and Joe Gebbia both told Patch they believe having a fully staffed police force by mid-2013 is a realistic goal.

Related Items:

Patch's Complete Guide To Brookhaven's Incorporation.

don Gabacho December 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Despite promises, there has been virtually no transparancy in the financing of the campaigning also. In even the Vinson Institute study. Could the source have had a foreign element to it too? Mr Gocke, do you think a US Senator would knowingly endorse any candidate for public office in a government whose promoters, interim-commissioners, and candidates for office have refused to first relieve the electorate of the afront prior to any referendums and elections? Prior to any further oath taking? Could the supression of the public's right to know, prior to any referendum and election, have deprived even a US Senator's right to know prior to any endorsement? When to even endorse would be paramount to condoning?
don Gabacho December 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
"Mr. don Gabacho, to clarify: I don’t want to get involved with the government in Washington. I don’t want to get involved with the government under the Gold Dome. I don’t even want to get involved with the government in Decatur."---Hamburger I can certainly understand that. Neither had I. Or the MxGov in Mx, the MxGov in Washington, the MxGov under the Gold Dome, the MxGov in Decatur and the MxGov in, now, Brookhaven. Yet there it is. It has never been, as I'm sure it is with you, me getting involved with government rather than government involving itself with me.
don Gabacho December 12, 2012 at 05:47 PM
"Seems these people were far more comfortable when all decisions were made 15 miles away and they safely didn't have any personal accountability."----John McGrew Though it certainly serves the purpose you state, the City of "Dunwoody" is not "15 miles away."
don Gabacho December 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
"As the Governor's Commission on Brookhaven's tenure comes to close tomorrow at approximately 7:00pm,"---Kim Gocke Not according to the legislation and referendum granting "12:01 December 17" to be the change-over date. Who made this decision?
don Gabacho December 12, 2012 at 07:59 PM
"As the Governor's Commission on Brookhaven's tenure comes to close tomorrow at approximately 7:00pm,"---Kim Gocke Not according to the legislation and referendum granting "12:01 December 17" to be the change-over date. Who made this decision?

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