Council members to be sworn in Monday

Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart

Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart


Forest Park Ward 1 Councilman Tommy Smith


Forest Park Ward 2 Councilman Dabouze Antoine

FOREST PARK — The first Forest Park city meeting of 2014 will be held Monday and topping the agenda is the swearing-in of the mayor and two council members.

The title of mayor pro tem, held during 2013 by Linda Lord, also passes to the next most senior member of council, Maudie McCord. Council members agreed the position is to be held for a year, based on seniority.

Mayor David Lockhart and wards 1 and 2 councilmen Tommy Smith and Dabouze Antoine will be sworn into office Monday. The trio was elected in the fall to four-year terms starting Jan. 1.

Council members are expected to vote on appointments to various city positions including attorney, solicitor, clerk and treasurer, deputy clerk and judges for municipal and environmental courts. No surprises are expected, according to the agenda.

Council members will also get committee appointments. Lord is expected to be appointed to the retirement and NOISE committees; McCord will serve on central safety and death benefit committees; Latresa Akins will serve on Board of Directors of Clayton County Municipal Association and Death Benefit Committee.

Lockhart will also serve on Death Benefit Committee.

A presentation will be made to firefighter and paramedic Carter Cagle, who is retiring from Forest Park Fire Department after 38 years of service.

Council members are expected to activate a resolution to authorize an Urban Redevelopment Agency, an action related to Forest Park and Fort Gillem Redevelopment Authority. The agency will be made of residents appointed by mayor and council who will authorize bonds, get loans, lines of credit, buy and sell property — everything that needs to be done to finalize the deal with the Army, said Authority Executive Director Fred Bryant.

Council is also expected to debate a proposal for a lobbyist for the 2014 General Assembly.

The work session starts at 6 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public and held at Forest Park City Hall.