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Closing Comments from the May 9, 2023 BOC Meeting

Good afternoon, everyone:

On April 26 it was a pleasure to attend the annual State of the County Address at Pullman Yards. As usual, the administration did a great job in staging this event and CEO Michael Thurmond did an excellent job in highlighting DeKalb’s accomplishments over the last year. Once again, this event underscored how proud I am to be a member of this governing authority.

Marquetta Bryan at the State of the County address with Commissioner Bradshaw
It was great to see my Leadership DeKalb classmate Marquetta Bryan at the State of the County address

From April 27 to April 30, it was great to attend the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Annual Conference in my hometown of Savannah, Georgia. As my growth and professional development in this role continues, I had the opportunity to take classes on Revitalizing Your Community, and Understanding Leadership Styles. Additionally, it was great to fellowship with and learn from other County Commissioners from across the State of Georgia. ACCG is an outstanding organization and performs a valuable service for those of us serving in these roles.

Picture of document of courses from ACCG conference
It was a pleasure to continue my professional development and education at the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia annual conference in Savannah

On May 4 it was a privilege to attend a ceremony to honor Pastor William D. Watley of St. Philip AME Church for 60 years in the ministry. As both of my grandfathers were long-serving pastors, I know how important such milestones are. I commend Pastor Watley for his faithful service, and the St. Philip family for honoring this great man.

Later that evening I was able to attend a new partner reception for The Summerville Firm which is a great law firm in DeKalb County. One of the partners is my good friend and former State Senator Jen Jordan and it was great to be on hand to support her in the new role.

On May 6, it was great to participate in the Lynwood Park Community Day Parade in Brookhaven. The cool part was riding the parade route in a fancy Corvette. I would like to thank my new friend and driver, Ms. Doris Walker for allowing me to ride in her beautiful car, and for putting up with me. It was really a lot of fun! I would like to commend Pat Willis and all the organizers for managing a wonderful event and thank them for the invitation to participate. Additionally, I would like to thank Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst, the Brookhaven City Council Members, and the entire city leadership team for supporting this event.

Later that day I was able to attend the Tucker Day celebration. It is always a fun time and it is always a pleasure to see my partners in public service in the City of Tucker. Good food! Good music! Good fun!

Enjoying Tucker Day with City Council Members Virginia Rece and Anne Lerner
Enjoying Tucker Day with City Council Members Virginia Rece and Anne Lerner

If you have any questions or concerns, you may call my office at 404-371-4749, or visit my website at I'm on all the major social media platforms as well. Feel free to follow me there for updates between the meetings, too.

As always, I will conclude my remarks by thanking the citizens of District 4 and DeKalb County for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed, an honor.

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