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Morrow officials hail leadership conference as a success

Motivational speaker Dr. Jeffrey Magee talks to attendees at Morrow's "Sustainable Leadership" conference May 21.

Motivational speaker Dr. Jeffrey Magee talks to attendees at Morrow's "Sustainable Leadership" conference May 21.

— Despite early warnings that Morrow might lose money on its Sustainable Leadership conference, officials said this week that they felt the conference was a success with the city making a few dollars from it.

Rebecca Zebe, the city’s human resources manager, said Morrow made $28.80 from the May 21 conference after all expenses were paid for. While it’s not a lot of money, it’s a big difference from the $3,400 loss she warned about during a city council meeting in April.

“In my mind, I consider it to be a break even for us,” said Zebe, who organized the conference. “I’m very tickled about that and I was hooting and hollering when I ran the final numbers.”

The city was able to pay for the conference, which featured motivational speaker Dr. Jeffrey Magee, because 75 people registered to participate in it, and several businesses and community groups signed on to sponsor it. The sponsors were Banker’s Fidelity Agent Bill Cash, Republic Sanitation, American International Institute of Polygraph and the Morrow Business and Tourism Association.

City leaders who attended the conference said they heard positive feedback from attendees, who included government and law enforcement officials from across the Southern Crescent.

“It was well-attended and I think everyone in attendance enjoyed it,” said Councilwoman Jeanell Bridges.

Morrow police Chief Chris Leighty said several law enforcement departments attended, including police departments for the cities of Griffin, McDonough and Morrow. Other attendees included Sheriff Victor Hill and representatives from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Clayton County Police Department, Leighty said.

Leighty said law enforcement officers who participated in the conference earned six hours of training credit from the Peace Officers Standards and Training council. He said it one of the best training seminars he’d been to in his more than 20-year law enforcement career.

“I had a lot of officers from other departments coming up to me afterwards saying that they’d come back if we did this again because they’d enjoyed Dr. Magee’s presentation,” Leighty said. “That speaks pretty well of the speaker.”