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7/11/2013Dunwoody Charter Commission Continues Review of City's Charter for Possible Updates and Amendments

DUNWOODY CHARTER COMMISSION CONTINUES REVIEW OF CITY’S CHARTER FOR POSSIBLE UPDATES AND AMENDMENTS

Appointed Members Assessing Founding Charter and Plan to

Report Potential Recommendations to Georgia General Assembly

 

Dunwoody, GA – July 11, 2013 – Beginning in April of 2013, members of the Charter Commission of the City of Dunwoody have met regularly to review and discuss the city’s original charter to determine if any changes or recommendations should be presented to the 2014 Georgia General Assembly.

 

The city charter is essentially the Constitution of the City of Dunwoody. The city charter was originally established by the General Assembly in 2008 and overwhelmingly approved by 81 percent of the voters of the City of Dunwoody. The charter and code of ordinances is availableon the City’s website at: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=14784&stateId=10&stateName=Georgia.

 

The Charter Commission is an independent body made up of five Dunwoody residents. The members of the Charter Commission include Dunwoody residents Mallard Holliday (appointed by Mayor Mike Davis), Robert Wittenstein (appointed by the Dunwoody City Council), Beverly Wingate (appointed by Senator Fran Millar), Rick Otness (appointed by Representative Tom Taylor) and L. Max Lehmann (appointed by Representative Mike Jacobs).

“To date, the Charter Commission has reviewed four articles of the six total articles within the city charter and we have held detailed discussions and review of subjects ranging from governance and power to services, elections and the authority of the executive branch and the municipal court,” said Charter Commission Chairman L. Max Lehmann. “Through these discussions and our key findings we will determine if recommendations to alter the city’s charter should be presented to the 2014 Georgia General Assembly.”

The original impetus for the Charter Commission was formed by the state legislature in 2008 when it put together the charter for the new city and established a “Commission” to review the city’s experience with the charter after five years of operation and recommend to the General Assembly any changes therein.

 

The Mayor and Council for the City of Dunwoody charged the commission with completing a review of the city charter before October 1, 2013. At the conclusion of the Charter Commission’s review, the group will present its requests and recommendations for change to the city charter to the Georgia General Assembly for its 2014 legislative session.

The Charter Commission meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at 47 Perimeter Center East, Suite 400 (Conference Center), Dunwoody, GA 30346 (directly behind Dunwoody City Hall office building). The schedule of the Charter Commission meetings can be found on the City’s website at http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/Departments/Government/Document/Meeting_Agendas_Minutes.aspx.

 

All Charter Commission meetings are open to the public and citizen input is encouraged and desired on items contained in and pertaining to the city charter. Dunwoody residents may also reach out to the Charter Commission via email at charter.commission@dunwoodyga.gov.

 

For more information regarding the City of Dunwoody, please contact Bob Mullen, Marketing and PR Director, at 678-382-6700 or bob.mullen@dunwoodyga.gov.

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