Ellis names new deputy development chief

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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announced the appointment of Luz Borrero as deputy chief operating officer of development effective Nov. 19. “In the current economic climate, characterized by a national recession and a declining tax digest, I believe that it is extremely important to engage in activities that encourage and promote jobs creation, economic vitality, […]

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DeKalb County’s Police Chief Retires

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DeKalb County is looking for a new police chief. DeKalb County Police Chief William O’Brien will retire at the end of November,Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer, confirmed Oct. 31. O’Brien made the announcement in August, Brennan said. Currently, O’Brien is out of the office using accrued vacation until his retirement’s effective date of Nov. 30. “Police […]

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DeKalb names interim police chief

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One of the four assistant police chiefs of the DeKalb County Police Department has been named its interim head. Lisa A. Gassner, assistant chief over the support services division of the police department, was appointed interim police chief, according to Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer. “She was appointed based on her qualifications and her capabilities,” Brennan […]

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North central DeKalb residents considering creating own city

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Three months after residents in the Brookhaven area voted to create their own city, some residents in north central DeKalb are wondering whether they should go the same route. Residents in the Druid Hills, Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff communities – near Shallowford and Briarcliff roads – have held meetings last month to discuss the […]

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2013 county departmental budget requests up $44 million

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The numbers are in: DeKalb County department heads want $44 million more in 2013 than they received this year. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners got an early look at the county’s 2013 budget requests Oct. 5. The budget requests from the county’s various departments total $601 million, up $44 million from the current county […]

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City of Decatur considering several annexations

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In the Midway Woods neighborhood, west of Columbia Drive and on the outskirts of the city of Decatur, an annexation proposal at least four years in the making is pitting neighbor against neighbor. At issue is a request by some residents of the neighborhood to be annexed into the four-square-mile city of Decatur. Kevin Polite, […]

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DeKalb County Schools to implement balanced calendar this fall

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The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will switch to a balanced attendance calendar this fall even though surveys show a majority of parents are against the change. The DeKalb County School Board voted Oct. 8 to move to a balanced school calendar, which contains the same 180 school days as its current calendar. However, the […]

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Clarkston City Council considering reduction in size, mayor’s term

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A move maybe afoot in the city of Clarkston to reduce the number of council members and limit the mayor’s term. A proposal was introduced during the Clarkston City Council’s Sept. 4 meeting that, if passed, will ask the DeKalb County delegation to the state’s General Assembly to consider changing the city’s charter. The changes […]

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