After tackling criminal justice last year in the legislature, state leaders now are turning their focus toward the juvenile system. Local leaders in the juvenile justice community were optimistic but cautious in reaction to a bill introduced Friday in the House.
The Dawson County Tax Commissioner's office will close early today for state mandated staff training. The office will close at 11:30 a.m. and reopen for business at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
State Rep. Kevin Tanner carried on a longstanding tradition started by his 9th district predecessor Amos Amerson by meeting with local community members over breakfast Saturday in Dawsonville. "I was thrilled with the turn out we had at my first informational breakfast," Tanner said. "I believe it is important for elected officials to find ways to communicate with citizens."
State Sen. Steve Gooch received several key committee assignments, including chairman of the State Transportation Committee, when the 152nd Georgia General Assembly convened last week in Atlanta. Gooch, a Republican from Dahlonega and former state Department of Transportation board member, said the assignment will serve the 51st District well.
In one of her first official duties as Dawson County Manager, Cindy Campbell has announced the promotion of Dena Bosten to chief financial officer. Bosten, who has been with the county's finance department since September 2010, has held several accounting roles including her most recent duties as budget manager.
The Dawson County commission has selected District 1 Commissioner Gary Pichon to serve as its vice chairman in 2013. In that capacity, Pichon will conduct commission meetings if Chairman Mike Berg can't attend.
Thanks to a newly revamped Georgia Department of Transportation grant program, Dawson County and the city of Dawsonville have received nearly $300,000 to improve roads and sidewalks in 2013. DOT staff presented checks totaling about $283,177 to the local governments last week through the Local Maintenance and Improvements Grant program.
In one of his first tours since taking office as the 9th District representative in the 113th Congress, Doug Collins made several stops in Dawson County to share his goals and ask what he can do to help residents in the community. Speaking to the Rotary Club of Dawson County on Jan. 10, the Hall County republican also said he has plans to draw from the constituents in the district for guidance and support in the coming months.
A new chapter will begin for Dawson County native Kevin Tanner on Monday. With family and close friends by his side at the state Capitol in Atlanta, Tanner will be sworn in to represent the new 9th District in the Georgia House of Representatives.
County commissioners have their first meeting of the year Thursday and hope the community will take part in the discussions of local government in 2013. The work session meeting is at 4 p.m. in the assembly room on the second floor of the Dawson County Government Center.
With the contract for new county manager Cindy Campbell finalized, the focus turns to finding her replacement in the finance department. The Dawson County commission appointed Campbell manager on Dec. 20. She currently serves as the county's chief financial officer, a position she has held for four years.
A Dawson County native has been selected as the county's next chief operating officer. Cindy Gilleland Campbell was named county manager Thursday night following a unanimous vote by the Dawson County commission.
The Dawson County Sheriff's Office recognized its tops employees last week during the department's annual Christmas celebration at Peach Brandy Cottage. Sheriff Billy Carlisle said the men and women selected as employees of the year for their divisions went above and beyond during 2012.
Incoming elected officials were sworn into office Dec. 20 at the Dawson County Government Center. Probate Judge Jennifer Burt administered the oaths of office, while Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller governed the loyalty oath for the group.
Members of Dawson County's state legislative delegation held a joint town hall meeting last week to highlight their goals for the 2013 legislative session. "One of the things you hear a lot of criticism on about elected officials is the lack of direction or the lack of involvement they get from the citizens," said Rep.-elect Kevin Tanner.
All but one of the subdivisions in Dawsonville has cleaned up its retention pond over the past month at the request of the city, officials said, with the lone holdout possibly requiring further action. "We've had reported to our street department and to the mayor numerous problems with the retention pond at the Howser Mill subdivision," City Attorney Dana Miles told council members during their meeting Monday night.
County commissioners voted last week to officially close two roads that were impacted by summer flooding until a time when funds are available to make repairs. In separate unanimous actions, commissioners agreed that it would better serve the county to close Etowah River Road and Hubbardsville Circle than to legally abandon the two.
Dawson County has a new assistant registrar to help out with elections. Chief Registrar Glenda Ferguson announced that, starting Monday, long-time county employee Rachelle Thurmond would be taking the place left by former Assistant Registrar Karen Armstrong.