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Closing Comments from the 12/21/21 BOC Meeting

Good Afternoon Everyone:

It was great to attend the 36th Annual Meeting of the Council for Quality Growth and bear witness as my good friend Al Edwards was installed as the 2022 Chairman of this great organization on December 17th. As Founder and CEO of Corporate Environmental Risk Management (CERM), Al has amassed a tremendous record as a corporate citizen and as a citizen in our community. I know that he will do an outstanding job in the important leadership role, and I stand ready to support him in any way possible.

On December 18th, in partnership with Clarkston First Baptist Church, 100 Black Women of DeKalb, Sigma Mu Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, and Pershing Angels of Alabama A & M, my office hosted a Food, Toy, and Vaccine Distribution Event. Despite the threat of rain that day, the weather was cooperative, and everyone was in good spirits. On that day, 72 COVID Vaccines were administered and 260 bags of food and over 400 toys were distributed. It was a very successful event. I would like to thank Pastor Karl D. Moore and First Lady Angela Moore for hosting the event at Clarkston First Baptist Church and all our partners for their contribution to this worthwhile effort.

Since this is our last business meeting for 2021, I would like to use the balance of my time to extend a few thank-yous. First of all, I would like to thank my District 4 Office Team, Chief of Staff Alesia Brooks and Constituent Services Coordinator Robin Flieg for another outstanding year. As I have said before on any number of occasions, it would be impossible for me to discharge to duties of this office without their professionalism and support. The citizens of District 4 are very fortunate to have these two dedicated public servants working on their behalf. I would like to thank COO Zach Williams and of the Administration Departments who fall under his leadership for their hard work and service to the citizens of DeKalb County. I know this pandemic environment has been challenging. Even so, you make it happen day in and day out and we are very appreciative. I would like to thank our Law Department under the leadership of County Attorney Viviane Ernstes who keeps us all on the straight and narrow. I know that it’s not easy on those occasions when you have to say NO to elected officials. But sometimes that is what is required. And you always do it in a respectful and professional manner. I know you have our best interest and the best interest of DeKalb County at heart. I for one appreciate it. I would like to thank our CEO Michael Thurmond for the calm and steady leadership that he has provided to this county not only this year but for the past five years. I look forward to continuing to work with CEO Thurmond as we work together to continue to move DeKalb County forward. I would like to thank my BOC Colleagues for your support as we have made it through another challenging year together. It is indeed an honor for me to serve with each of you as we discharge the duties of this office.

If you need any information or assistance you may call my office at 404-371-4749 or visit my website at Finally, l 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.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. See you all in 2022!!

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