0

County mayors formally welcome BOC Chairman Turner

Photo by Jeylin White
Jeff Turner, chairman for the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, receives a proclamation from Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon.

Photo by Jeylin White Jeff Turner, chairman for the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, receives a proclamation from Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon.

RIVERDALE — Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon wanted to extend an olive branch to the Clayton County Board of Commissioners during a County Municipal Associations meeting held at Riverdale City Hall Thursday night.

For the first time, Dixon, along with mayors from each municipality, connected with newly elected chairman Jeff Turner and commissioners Shana Rooks (District 3) and Michael Edmondson (District 4).

The foyer at City Hall was turned into a mini banquet hall for the evening and Clayton County dignitaries enjoyed soft jazz music, food and beverages catered by Special Moments By Gwen.

The objective for the occasion was for all the mayors of the county to formally welcome Turner and Rooks into their new positions and open the lines of communication between the county and cities.

“I believe in Jeff Turner and what he plans to do for this county as a whole. It’s time for all of us to come together and do what’s best for the citizens of Clayton County,” Dixon said.

Many shared Dixon’s sentiment.

“Turner is one hell of guy!” Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright said. “He has the experience and history in Clayton County to get the job done. I trust him.”

“I believe that he will be fair and will do what is in the best interest of people,” said Riverdale council member Cynthia Stamp-Jones. “I believe we will finally get something done.”

Turner said getting the county back on track is his top priority. The former Clayton County police chief said his plans are to bring in new business, restore public transportation and re-brand the county.

“It was a bad move when they got rid of transportation in the first place,” Turner said.

Former chairman Eldrin Bell and commissioners voted 4-1 to end C-Tran in March 2010. The commissioners who voted to terminate the bus service cited lack of funding in the county’s budget. Turner said he is going to negotiate with MARTA and take a closer look at the budget.

“I want to do what’s best for the county and the citizens,” Turner said. “They are my priority.”

Turner’s colleagues also have a great deal of faith in his ability.

“I could not be more thrilled! I can hardly sleep at night I’m so excited,” Edmondson said. “I believe we will have a cohesive board now. Turner has a progressive mind and he’s dedicated to moving this county forward to where it should be.”

“So far, I believe in what I see,” Rooks said. “Turner has a lot of history in the county and the people respect him.”

“It’s time for us to start acting like adults and push all the citizens of Clayton County forward,” Turner said after receiving his letter of proclamation from Dixon. He continued, “Let’s change the mind set of how people view us in this county and show them how we can cooperate with one another.”

Comments

OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

.....(( Rooks said. “Turner has a lot of history in the county and the people respect him.”))

.....What county ?.....History ?...Maybe so; What about during the last two years ?

......"The people respect him" ?.....What am I, a gold fish in this toilet bowl side show, that we call a county ?....Turner has yet to show me one single reason to respect "him".

0

Robert 1 year, 8 months ago

Let's get some facts straight about Jeff Turner. When he was the police chief he didn't hide behind locked doors like Porter. I saw him out on the streets working side by side with his policemen. On the other hand Turner lived in Henry county and not Clayton. He rented a place in Clayton to run against Victor but when he discovered that he hadn't "stayes" there long enough to run for Sheriff he ran against Bell. That says a lot about his motives here in Clayton County. Now I hear through the grape vine that Turner and Porter are getting personal drivers just like Victor had the last time he was in office and probably has now and like Bell had too while he was in office.

AND in this article Turner brings up public transportation again saying that the county should have never gotten rid of it even though it was costing the county millions of dollars and putting us deeper and deeper in financial debt. We can not run Clayton County like the federal government. The federal government can't run the federal government like it does. One day the money will collapse and all services will be drastically cut. Think about a finite amount of money where fire stations are closed, police and fire are laid off, parks look like abandoned eye sores and public dumping grounds littered with trash, like some apartment complexes look now.

Turner says that the county and the cities need to PUSH the people forward. How about pushing some of the people OUT. Like the roving gangs that were brought in before the Olympics to sweep them out of Atlanta under the Section 8 voucher program. What a dismal failure that was. Clayton county has just "out sourced" its county commissioner job to someone from Henry county and where I voted for Turner over Bell it is still sad that Clayton County can not or will not vote for someone who actually lives here who has a vested interest in Clayton County. If Turner's children still go to school which school do they attend, or which school would they attend?

My skeptic meter just keeps rising. But, I'm still hopeful that my vote for Turner wasn't wasted.

0

OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

.....(( "It was a bad move when they got rid of transportation in the first place,” Turner said."))

......Why should Turner care about supporting Mass Transportion in this county, when he was living in Henry County ?

.....Why should Turner care now, when he is feeding from the county tax trough ?

0

Sign in to comment