Brookhaven, GA – The City Council of Brookhaven voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a $3.2 million Police and Parks Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). As part of the agreement, the City will pay DeKalb County in one lump sum payment. The Parks and Recreation transfer will occur the day after Labor Day, on September 3rd. The Police side of the IGA has already been completed with the City taking over Police services on July 31st.
Mayor J Max Davis said that the issue has been going on for some time now and extended his thanks to Interim City Attorney, Bill Riley and City Manager, Marie Garrett for handling the negotiations. He said that he was pleased with the final number – saying that, “it is a fair number.”
During Tuesdays City Council Work Session, the Council had the opportunity to ask questions on the particulars of the IGA’s to City Manager Garrett. District One Councilwoman Rebecca Chase-Williams asked Garrett to give a broad outline of the terms.
“The terms are, $3.2 million to cover the seven months of Police services that DeKalb County has provided, as well as eight months of services for Parks and Recreation. That included on the Parks and Recreation side, the Summer camps and programs that the County funded, as well as Life Guards for the swimming pools. The Police, as we all know, we have already taken over so that side of the IGA is now completed. DeKalb County [Police] are now doing their patrolling in unincorporated DeKalb and we are patrolling the City, so that part has already taken place. Currently, beginning last week, Lowe Engineers along with our building officials and code compliance officers, are investigating and inspecting every one of our parks to prepare a report for me. I’m expecting the report to be completed by the end of this week,” said Garrett.
The City is conducting a nationwide search for a Parks and Recreation Director, in hopes of being able to make an announcement of hiring someone in the next three weeks. The job posting is here.