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Atlanta City Council Members Issue Statements on the Passing of Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell

Post Date:05/05/2019 4:23 PM

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Talia Moffitt
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May 5, 2019

Atlanta City Council Members Issue Statements on the Passing of Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell           

ATLANTA – Several members of the Atlanta City Council have issued statements following the passing of Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell. Darnell represented District 6, which includes portions of unincorporated South Fulton County and incorporated Southwest Atlanta.


"Commissioner Darnell has been a true example of a servant leader, whose body of work establishes a legacy to be revered. She spoke truth to power and courageously fought for the least, the lost, and the forgotten without hesitation. Ms. Darnell was a champion for our senior citizens and a protector of the health of all in her fight for environmental justice. She will forever be remembered for her decades of service and leadership to the people she loved in the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and beyond. For all she has done, our lives are richer having known her.  My prayers are with her family and constituents during this time."-Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore


“Commissioner Darnell committed much of her life to public service and, in doing so, shaped our city and county for the better. Her impact will be felt for decades to come. She will be missed.”-District 2 Council member Amir Farokhi


“My heart goes out to Commissioner Emma Darnell’s family. She was an integral part of the history and success of Fulton County. Her persistent service will be missed but will live on for many years to come.”-District 3 Council member Antonio Brown


“Emma Darnell was my teacher and best friend. She was also an outstanding public servant and a true champion for the people of our community. She will be greatly missed, but her voice as a leader will last forever. I will miss her courage and generosity and I'm incredibly grateful to have known her."-District 10 Council member Andrea Boone        


“Saying goodbye to the amazing Emma Darnell absolutely strengthens my dedication of service to those that need us the most (our seniors, our underserved, women and minority businesses) because she was a true servant role model for me. I’m thankful for her powerful reach in the community as well as her leadership. Rest well my faithful servant. JOB WELL DONE!”-District 11 Council member Marci Collier Overstreet


"Great sadness surrounding the death of our great leader Commissioner Emma Darnell. The epitome of a public servant, citizens advocate, fearless defender of the downtrodden, defenseless, derided, and the least of these. She was the untiring unwavering Undefeatable Advocate of our seniors here in Fulton County. She was a mentor, friend, teacher, and best of all an example to those of us in public service. Her physical presence will be sorely missed, but her example remains. May God rest her worthy soul."-Post 1 At-Large Council member Michael Julian Bond


“I'm so saddened to learn of the passing of Commissioner Emma Darnell. I recall serving on the board of Invest Atlanta with her. She was always committed to equity and community engagement for the disenfranchised.  Her voice was strong!  She will be missed deeply.”-Post 3 At-Large Council member Andre Dickens

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: Antonio Brown; 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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