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Council Member Michael Julian Bond Presents Gov. Nathan Deal with Proclamation, Celebrates the Two-Term Governor’s Achievements

Post Date:01/07/2019 4:01 PM

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January 7, 2019

Council Member Michael Julian Bond Presents Gov. Nathan Deal with Proclamation, Celebrates the Two-Term Governor’s Achievements

ATLANTA—Council member Michael Julian Bond, joined by members of the Atlanta City Council, honored Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Monday with a proclamation and celebrated the two-term governor’s accomplishments, including his reform of the state’s criminal justice system.

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“Most people don’t realize this but many of the Atlanta zip codes were the biggest contributors to the country’s high penal system numbers,” said Council member Michael Julian Bond. “As a former corrections officer, I can tell you that the work that you have done over at the state of Georgia has been tremendous and it deserves recognition. You have civilized our criminal justice system.”

Deal made overhauling the state’s criminal justice system a top priority after taking office in January 2011. At the time, Georgia was in the midst of a criminal justice crisis due to high incarceration costs and recidivism rates. Deal’s reforms have saved taxpayers more than $200 million, reduced the number of prison beds, and changed the way the state punishes non-violent offenders.

“To all of those of you who have spoken and presented these plaques and other memorabilia, I want to say thank you to you and those you represent. It has been my great honor, along with that of my wife, to be able to serve as the first family for the state of Georgia these last eight years,” Deal said.

Atlanta City Council

The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Vacant; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

Council information, committee agendas and more may be found on the Atlanta City Council website here. Video archives of the council’s regularly scheduled meetings, committee meetings and work sessions may be found here.

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