Monday, May 13, 2013
The Cobb Board of Commissioners will review County Manager David Hankerson's recommendation of a new senior services department head for the county.
Cobb County Manager David Hankerson is expected to recommend the Board of Commissioners to hire Jessica Gill as the county's new senior services director at Tuesday's regular board meeting. Gill, who currently works as the area manager of business development for Sunrise Senior Living of Atlanta, has more than a decade of experience in the senior care industry, said county spokesman Robert Quigley. Gill also served as a public health advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), president of the company Aging by Design and health and wellness director for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging. Established in 1972, Cobb County's Senior Services Department operates eight facilities including three …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cobb Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to accept a state grant to establish the county's first mental health court.
The Cobb Board of Commissioners gave the green light to funding the county’s first mental health court at Tuesday's meeting. The board voted 3-2 to accept a state grant to create the mental health court, with commissioners Helen Goreham and Bob Ott opposed. The new court will be overseen by Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley, using a $53,615 state grant commissioners accepted for the remainder of the fiscal year through June 30, said county chairman Tim Lee. The mental health court will serve as a problem-solving court similar to drug courts and domestic violence courts, where offenders are offered long-term community-based treatment instead of being prison-bound. Lee said the current grant can pay for 10 participants, but it is …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The county approved Tuesday to hire Willie A. Hopkins, Jr. as its new support services director, and tabled court officials' request of a grant to fund the county’s first mental health court.
The Cobb Board of Commissioners recognized volunteers and community leaders, and made a new hire to its management team Tuesday night. The board approved the appointment of Willie A. Hopkins, Jr., the assistant city manager of Pompano Beach, Florida and former director of general services for Fulton County, as Cobb's new support services director. The position manages a staff of 320 people in the area of property management, information services purchasing, and government service centers. Former director Virgil Moon retired last September to become the chief financial officer at Cobb and Douglas Public Health. Hopkins is expected to start in his new role on April 15, and receive a salary of $136,000, said Cobb County spokesman Robert …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The county is expected to hire a new director after Virgil Moon retired in September to become the chief financial officer at Cobb and Douglas Public Health.
The appointment of a new support services director is on tonight's agenda for the Cobb Board of Commissioners. Former director Virgil Moon retired last September to become the chief financial officer at Cobb and Douglas Public Health. The county is expected to hire Willie A. Hopkins Jr., the assistant city manager of Pompano Beach, FL and former director of general services for Fulton County, as the new support services director at tonight’s meeting, according to The Marietta Daily Journal. The position manages a staff of more than 300 people in the area of property management, information services purchasing, and government service centers. County spokesman Robert Quigley told the MDJ that 104 people applied for the job and the salary …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Fernando Wise was removed after refusing to give his name during a Cobb Board of Commissioners public hearing.
A Cobb County man was released after being escorted from the Cobb Board of Commissioner's meeting Tuesday night in handcuffs when he refused to give his name during a public hearing. "There is nothing in the first amendment requiring me to give my name to speak," Fernando Wise said. Chairman Tim Lee, who asked Cobb County police officers to remove Wise from the meeting room, said there are processes and procedures in place that must be followed. "I apologize it has to come to this, but we must be consistent," he said. Members of the standing room only crowd yelled, "Let him go!" as Wise was escorted from the room. In the foyer, residents in favor of allowing backyard poultry in Cobb County - of which Wise's father, Lamar, is a member - …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The county is in strong financial standing, Chairman Tim Lee said.
In a time when Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee said governments are close to filing for bankruptcy, Cobb County is thriving. The county, which recieved on unqualified or clean opinion on its Comprehensive Annual Plan audit, has the lowest millage rate in the metro Atlanta area, added 3 percent to the general fund reserve and 5 percent to its fire district fund reserve. And, in most areas, the county's revenues for fiscal year 2012 not only exceeded expenditures but also exceeded what county officials originally had budgeted. For example, in the General Fund, revenues came in at $327.5 million, up from the $325.8 million originally budgeted. And, expenditures came in at $313.3 million, $17.3 million less than what county officials …
The commission chairman will speak at a Cobb Chamber breakfast next Monday.
Wednesday, January 9
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee will deliver the 2013 state of the county address before the Cobb Chamber of Commerce next week. The organization's First Monday breakfast starts Jan. 14 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway. The online registration and refund deadline is today at 12 p.m. Tickets are $25 a person for Cobb Chamber members online and $40 at the door; general admission tickets are $60 a person. Lee, a Republican from East Cobb, won a full-term as chairman last August after filling the final two years of former chairman Sam Olens' term. Lee was sworn in for his new term last month, as was District 2 commissioner Bob Ott, a Republican who serves East Cobb and the Smyrna-Vinings area. Lisa Cupid of South …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The District 2 commissioner and the Cobb Commission chairman will take the oath of office for their second terms on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott will be sworn in for a second term today. Ott, a Republican who was re-elected without opposition this year, will take the oath of office Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the office of Cobb Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs, 70 Haynes St., Marietta. His District 2 covers the Smyrna-Vinings area and most of East Cobb below Roswell Road. In an article published in The Marietta Daily Journal on Monday, Ott pointed to his role in a number of commercial redevelopment issues as his main accomplishments, especially in the the Johnson Ferry Road and Powers Ferry Road corridors. On Thursday, Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee will be sworn in. Lee is an East Cobb resident who defeated former chairman Bill Byrne in the Republican …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The 3 percent across-the-board pay increase is due to more revenues and fewer expenses than anticipated.
Despite the opposition of several residents, the Cobb Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday night to give the county's more than 4,000 employees a 3 percent across-the-board pay increase effective Dec. 9. These employees, Chairman Tim Lee said, are on the front line providing services to the county's residents. "We don't make widgets," Lee said. "We don't buy things. We don't sell things. We provide services." It's been five years since county employees have seen pay increases, and last year they were required to take five furlough days. But, because of higher than anticipated revenues and approximately $10 million in savings county-wide, Lee said it's possible to give the pay increases now. "We feel it is sustainable and do-able at …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners listened to an hour and a half of testimony on Tuesday morning.
After spending about an hour and a half listening to testimony and arguments on Tuesday morning, the Cobb Board of Commissioners voted to uphold the decisions by the county's License Review Board in two matters. The board voted unanimously to maintain a 30-day suspension levied on the Texaco Food Mart on Cobb Parkway after employee Sujit Kumar PoonMagar sold alcohol to a minor during a compliance check on Sept. 13. Detective Rusty Creamer of the Cobb County Police Department said the minor who purchased the six-pack of beer told PoonMagar she was born on Aug. 20, 1994, her actual birthdate. "He never asked to see an ID," Creamer said. "He never checked an ID. He just asked her birthdate." Although the store's owner, Sultan Ali Khimani, …