Good afternoon, everyone:
Today I will begin my comments by offering my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Jimmy Ellis, President of Jim Ellis Automotive Group and Chair of the Chamblee Doraville Community Improvement District (CID), who suddenly passed away a few days ago. Jimmy had been generous with me with his time and guidance as we continue to drive toward establishing a CID on Memorial Drive. He was a highly successful businessman and a genuinely good human being. And I always enjoyed our time together. Our community has lost a great leader and he will be sorely missed. This tragedy serves as a reminder of how fragile all of this is. May Jimmy Ellis rest in peace.
This Sunday, November 13th, I have been invited to deliver the keynote address at Antioch AME Church for the Veterans Program at the 10am service. More information will be available across our communications platforms. If you are not otherwise engaged on Sunday morning, I invite you to attend.
It was great to attend the auction of surplus DeKalb County vehicles and equipment at ADESA Atlanta on October 29th. That day a total of 183 vehicles, pieces of equipment, and furniture were auctioned for a net amount to the county of $985,788.50, which will be allocated to our vehicle replacement fund. ADESA handled it all in a highly efficient and professional manner. I would like to thank Fleet Director Robert Gordon, Assistant Director Vernetha Halls, and the entire fleet team for executing this mission in an excellent manner.
The auction also afforded me the opportunity to reconnect with ADESA General Manager Lisa O’Neil who was a colleague of mine back in my private sector days. She runs a first-rate operation, and I am very proud of her for what she has accomplished.
It was great to attend the Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association meeting on November 1st. This is one of the great communities in District 4 and we engaged with the residents on several important issues. This was also a joint operation with my colleagues Commissioners Jeff Rader and Ted Terry and between the three of us I think the attendees were well informed. I would like to thank Whitney McGinnis, Carol Hayes, Mary Lee Putnam, Paul Friederich, and all the members of the community for making me feel so welcome. It has been an honor to represent you over the past six years.
On November 2, I was delighted to join our DeKalb County Superior Court Judges for the Accountability Courts Administrative Offices Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. My office has been highly supportive of the work of our accountability courts over the years with contributions that exceed $100,000. It was indeed an honor to be included in the excellent ceremony. And I commend all our judges and staff members for their commitment to this important work.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may call my office at 404-371-4749 or visit my website at commissionerbradshaw.com. 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.
Finally, today is election day. So, if you have not done so already, please go vote!