Good Afternoon Everyone:
On March 8 it was wonderful to join the East Memorial Drive Revitalization Foundation along with the community for their quarterly meet and greet. This is one of the Community Action Groups (CAG) that was formed in the wake of the adoption of the Memorial Drive Revitalization plan in September of 2020. This group, under the leadership of Shanta Lana Hereford is engaged in outstanding work as we work together to improve this vital commercial corridor. I am so proud of their sustained engagement, and I look forward to more great things from them in the future. I also want to thank my friend Terry Brantley for hosting the event at The Atrium which is a wonderful facility on Memorial Drive. Despite the heavy rainstorms that evening it was a truly great gathering.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to acknowledge my colleagues on this Board,
Commissioners Mereda Davis Johnson and Lorraine Cochran Johnson. It is truly an honor to serve with both of them. They are both effective and dedicated public servants and I have learned a lot by observing both of them discharge the duties of this office. I value their insights and perspectives, as my friends and colleagues. And I look forward to serving with them for many years into the future.
In a similar vein, I want to honor the amazing women who are the closest to me in my professional life, and those are the members of my District 4 team.
Chief of Staff, Alesia Brooks is my right hand, and my conscience. She has helped to temper my more pugilistic impulses on multiple occasions for which I am very grateful. At the groundbreaking ceremony for our Community and Senior Center last May I referred to Alesia as my consigliere, which means most trusted advisor. She is most certainly that. And I appreciate her professionalism and her loyalty.
Constituent Services Coordinator, Robin Flieg brings to our team the valuable perspective of a different generation. This is both welcome and needed by me. I cannot begin to fully articulate how many comments that I have received from constituents over the past five years commending Robin for helping them to work through their issues. I appreciate her energy and her loyalty.
On January 1, 2017, the three of us walked through the doors of the Maloof Building together. And for over five years they have put up with my lame attempts at humor and my syntax that is still laced with words and phrases from my Army days. And they have endured it all with patience and compassion.
We have accomplished much together. And irrespective of the ups and downs and slings and arrows attendant with holding this office, we are still together. I am very proud of this.
This occasion also affords me the opportunity to officially and publicly welcome Carrie Kordys to our team. Carrie did an excellent job filling in while Robin was out on maternity leave. As a result of her performance, we have decided to make her a permanent part of our team. And we look forward to more great things from Carrie in the future.
I greatly respect, appreciate and adore these women. The people of District 4 and DeKalb County are fortunate to have these dedicated public servants working on their behalf. And I know that I am much better at doing this job because of them.
If you need any assistance, or if you just want to reach out and thank them you may call my office at 404-371-4749 or visit my website at commissionerbradshaw.com. Finally, I will close today by once again thanking the citizens of District 4 and DeKalb County for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed an honor.
Congratulations to Detectives Khary K. Ricketts, LaTosha B. Prather,
and Dan-nae Webber in receiving the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing!