Gov. Nathan Deal Names Brookhaven Commission

Reaction is coming in from throughout Brookhaven.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the five members of the Brookhaven commission on Friday afternoon.

They are:

Ben Vinson, chairman

J.D. Clockadale, District 1 representative

Todd E. Lantier, District 2 representative

Jed Beardsley, District 3 representative

Kim Gökçe, District 4 representative

Click here to read more about each of the commission members.

The legislation creating the Brookhaven cityhood vote stipulated that . Those recommendations will be passed onto the mayor and city council, who will be elected on Nov. 6.

However, with crowded fields in the mayor's race and every city council race, runoffs are almost a guaranteed certainty, perhaps making the commission's responsibilities all the more crucial. Runoffs will be held about one month after the general election.

Brookhaven officially becomes a city at 12:01 am, Dec. 17, 2012.


Brookhaven mayoral candidate Sandy Murray disapproved of the process used to select the commission.

"The meetings to determine who will serve on the Governor’s Commission have taken place behind closed doors. No media have been present at these meetings and there have been no announcements as to when and where these meetings have been held. The lack of transparency is a clear violation of the principles that our new city should be founded upon and against many of the wishes of those who supported cityhood," she said in a statement. "Even though I disapprove strongly of the process used by the Governor to select members of the Commission, I commit to working closely with the Commission now as a candidate for Mayor of Brookhaven."


Mayoral candidate Thom Shepard thanks Gov. Deal and his deputy executive counsel, W. Thomas Worthy, for the process of selecting the commission.

"I am thrilled to see the diversity of experience, skills and academic credentials that are represented by Governor Deals appointees. We are truly fortunate to have such a long list of individuals willing to volunteer for such a challenging project such as the founding of our new government," he said in an email. "I think I can easily speak on behalf of all of Brookhaven in thanking the newly appointed commission members for their volunteering of service to our new City of Brookhaven."


State Rep. Mike Jacobs: "That Sandy Murray would go on the attack after these appointments only shows her complete lack of understanding of the strengths of the appointees.  I commend Governor Deal on his selections.  Each and every one is outstanding." 


J. Max Davis, candidate for mayor of Brookhaven, on Friday praised the appointments to the Brookhaven Commission announced by Governor Nathan Deal’s office.

“I appreciate the care with which Governor Deal made these appointments,” Davis said.  “Working together, these commissioners will lay a solid foundation to get Brookhaven started right. They bring a depth of experience, both in business and our community.

“As we work through the upcoming campaigns, I am pleased with the process that allows community leaders to begin the work necessary for us to hit the ground running and keep out the politics,” said Davis. “While our predecessors like Dunwoody and Sandy Springs can give us some direction, I look forward to the Commission meeting and acting quickly. December 17th is just over 10 weeks way and I am confident the Governor's Commission will help put Brookhaven on a solid footing.”


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Eric H September 03, 2012 at 05:48 PM
a couple people responded and this link to Gov Deal's site was provided which, were you looking for something else? http://gov.georgia.gov/00/press/detail/0,2668,165937316_187431258_188250305,00.html
HamBurger September 04, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Mr. Eric, as an attorney, that is the answer I would expect given the venue and your naivety in responding shows your inexperience. However, clued folks in your position get certain issues “handled”, well, at least for the first incident, unless you are really connected. Or, maybe you have a hardball issue and you are in the softball league with your connections? Regardless, you know exactly what I mean and how business is handled. Special hamburger and a Cherwine?
HamBurger September 04, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Mr. Max, how is your re-write of the Dunwoody code progressing? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Common September 04, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Childers you make some pretty irresponsible statements - it seems you are confusing whatever may pop not your head about someone with whom you disagree with what reality actually is. " Prejudiced, angry white men" - "...they do not care who they hurt.." You seem completely if not temporarily governed by emotion. Take a deep breath and realize people with whom you disagreed about the city vote aren't monsters, puppet masters , etc. Can you not concede even slightly that those folks doing something about the mess that is Dekalb government was just that- doing something about the mess that is Dekalb government? Even if you disagree about the method it was obviously more than you were doing to find a remedy. Breathe in 1,2,3,4,.... breathe out.....
Carl Childers September 04, 2012 at 01:20 AM
@Common, So you have conceded to be fine with J Max Davis and Mike Jacobs lying to you and the other 49,187 people in Brookhaven? Sir, I voted for the City but will absolutely will not vote for the "Man behind the curtain". He is a liar. http://theotherbrookhaven.blogspot.com/2012/08/post-2-brookhaven-series-governmental.html PS. I am not responsible for anything other than my opinions if only for myself. I do not have anything to prove to anyone nor does anyone rely on my factual information. Take it for what you will. I frankly do not care. But it is in fact the truth I speak.
Common September 04, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Childers cites an anonymous hate blog to prove his claim that people that led the city effort are liars. Then he lies and says he voted for the city. He uses the terms "lies" and "liars" in almost every post. It's like the liar who is always saying " I'm an honest person". Emotions aren't really facts Carl.
Carl Childers September 04, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Oh JMax go watch TV and have a gallon of ice cream.
Carl Childers September 04, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Albie Alright 12:55 pm on Sunday, September 2, 2012 J. Max Davis 12:47 am on Friday, May 11, 2012 Lower taxes, better services- Brookhaven Yes. Taxes don't increase in cities with millage caps. I do not agree with the sentiment expressed above that tax increases are inevitable. http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/portals/news-room/a_release.asp?filePK=1551 http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/TaxCommissioner/pdf/Millage.pdf http://theotherbrookhaven.blogspot.com/2012/08/so-how-is-it-that-brookhavenyes-says.html Oops. I think somebody told a lie. Liar liar XXXXXXXL pants on fiyah.
Eric H September 04, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Yes Hamburger I knew what you meant. Just disagreeing with the statement you made. No hardball issues, but no connections.
Carl Childers September 04, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Mmmm. Is it Rocky Road? Or is it Ben and Jessy's Pothole Pete's fudge surprise?
Brookhaven Maven September 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Goodness. Take a break for the holiday weekend, and just look what I missed! To: don Gasbaggo -- You keep referring to nullification, yet you provide no real grounds upon which that may be pursued. I might be interested in supporting such an effort, but I would need more details. The only justification I can imagine is that there was some type of violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 --- perhaps discrimination against the Hispanic / Latino voters for inadequate explanations of the process and the potential outcomes of cityhood. What do you have in mind? A federal lawsuit? On what grounds? Please help me to understand your position. Thank you.
ROW A BOAT September 04, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Eddie E. September 04, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Max, Your last sentence demonstrates how badly you miss the point. No reason to 'show up at meetings' held by those with no legal or legitimate authority to act on anything for anyone. Anyhow, they promised something, let them get busy and make it happen!
AshfordObserver September 04, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I think this thread has veered hopelessly off the tracks, over the bridge and into the water beneath. no survivors. See you on the next thread
Faulkner September 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM
It's not a company or a firm. It's residents of those two neighborhoods donating money to have increased security on their streets. The pay for off duty officers to patrol and keep an eye on things.
Political Gadfly September 05, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Well said AshfordObserver !
Political Gadfly September 05, 2012 at 02:34 AM
"Stan, What is the name of the "private security" firm of which Clockadale is "chair," and its legal address---unmentioned in the Governor's City of Brookhaven Commission Announcement?" What in the world is the obsession with the name of the security firm and it's legal address ? Planning to stop by for a visit ? Just accept the fact that two neighborhoods in Brookhaven don't feel safe enough with just the DeKalb police on watch in their area, therefore, they have hired off duty DeKalb police officers, who can use the extra money, to beef up patrols in their neighborhoods. End of story, unless someone loves to beat a dead horse who has already been beaten to death, probably 17 times.
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 04:38 AM
I'll be back with you on this soon.
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 04:43 AM
"Just accept the fact that two neighborhoods in Brookhaven don't feel safe enough with just the DeKalb police on watch in their area, therefore, they have hired off duty DeKalb police officers..."---Political Gadfly Specifically who did the hiring? Specifically, who was hired? And what is the legal address where Clockadale's "chair," as "chairman," for the "private securty"?
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 05:57 AM
"It's not a company or a firm..."---Faulkner That did become obvious. "It's residents of those two neighborhoods donating money..." "Donated"? Is there any records of what the "donations" were and specifically from whom and to whom?
Political Gadfly September 05, 2012 at 10:44 AM
don G. Specifically it's none of your business unless you are helping to pay for the extra security patrols. Ah the "legal address" obsession again, my my what is one to think ? legal address Definitions (2)1. Business: Alternative term for registered address. 2. Non-business: Address that (in addition to a street or civic address) includes items of information such as the property's lot number, block number, district name or number, etc. Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/legal-address.html#ixzz25ah8QzLb
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 03:42 PM
The (mis)use of DeKalb County police, or any police for that matter, is "none of my [or anyone else's] business."? So far: a force of secret police hired by perceptible vigilantes? Condoned by a State Governor no less? "...unless you are helping to pay for the extra security patrols..." Paying the police for "extra" service? Not even public rather than private? Who collects and dstributes the "donations"/ "Ah the "legal address" obsession again, my my what is one to think ?" That you prefer the Feds to tell one and all, that it is everyone's "business"?
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
FYI: Conduct Prohibited by the DeKalb County Code of Ethics The law which created the Board of Ethics, and as amended, specifically sets out certain conduct which is prohibited by those members who are subject to the jurisdiction of the Code of Ethics. Those members shall not: •Give a reasonable basis for the impression that the member may be improperly influenced in the performance of his/her official duties; •Directly or indirectly request, receive, or agree to receive any thing of value which may influence or be perceived to influence, the member's official actions; •Disclose or use confidential information acquired as a result of the member's position for private gain; •Appear on behalf of himself or another concerning any contract or transaction which may be the subject of an official action of DeKalb County; •Use his/her position to secure unwarranted privileges for himself or others; •Render service to any private business which is adverse to or incompatible with the proper discharge of his/her official duties;...
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
•Acquire an interest in any contract or transaction at a time when the member may have reason to believe that such an interest will be affected by his/her official actions or actions of the governing authority; •Engage in any activity or transaction that is prohibited by a law that is applicable to him/her by virtue of being a member of the governing authority; •Enter into a contract with DeKalb County on behalf of himself or another involving services or property in which that member has an interest. This prohibition applies while that person is a member of the governing authority, and for twelve months thereafter.
Booyah September 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Don Gazpacho disparages DeKalb police, accusing them of unethical conduct.
Jack of Kings September 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Things are getting interesting in Brookhaven. It is like a reality show at Brookhaven Patch. Keeping up with Hamburger and don G.
Grieg Ericsson September 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
J Max, You keep on paying whatever you want to pay in your neighborhood. And keep on throwing your yard clippings in the creek behind your house.
HamBurger September 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Mr. Phil, you do know that Mr. GuruLikeDrucker who has posted regularly on the Patch is running for office, don’t you? Post your e-mail address and I will send you the e-mail and linkedin file with picture from his neighbors. Or, you may not be interested because this individual was not against the new city as I was, but was a C$ND member and associated with Brookhaven Yes? Naturally, I understand your Brookhaven Yes bias . . . And, your Brookhaven Yes preference to go after me. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Honestly?? September 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
" Post your e-mail address and I will send you the e-mail and linkedin file with picture from his neighbors." Uh-oh speculating on the identity or claiming one knows and giving it out the identity violates your own "standard" Ms. Cobb.
HamBurger September 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Yeah, everyone in Drew Valley has the “Guru” email. It will be interesting to see how he fares during the election. However, because of his Dunwoody employment through an out of state contractor that made large contributions to the Brookhaven Yes ballot committees, I am sure he will have the district #2 Brookhaven Yes crowd support. Hey! Between whines, you want a Cheerwine?


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