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Atlanta City Council to Discuss the Creation of Transparency Officer Position and Commissioner of Public Safety on Monday

Post Date:09/14/2018 5:01 PM

News Release

Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.
Suite 2551
Atlanta, Georgia 30303 

Dexter Chambers
Director, Office of Communications
Office: (404) 330-6309
Mobile: (404) 392-0159

September 14, 2018

Atlanta City Council to Discuss the Creation of Transparency Officer Position and Commissioner of Public Safety on Monday

WHAT:      Among the agenda items for the Monday, September 17, 2018 regular meeting of the Atlanta City Council are the following:

  • An ordinance providing for annual training for elected officials and certain other city officers and employees concerning the state laws which govern lobbyists; requiring lobbyists to file their state mandated disclosure statements of lobbying expenditures related to municipal affairs with the City of Atlanta; and calling on the Georgia General Assembly to permit local governments to adopt their own lobby registration ordinances to more strictly regulate lobbyists than does the state law. (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1522)
  • An ordinance amending the Atlanta City Code of Ordinances to create a new Chapter 3 entitled: “Transparency.” The purpose of this new section is to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Georgia Open Records Act and compliance with the spirit and intent of that Act to provide access to public records as described in O.C.G.A. § 50-18-70(a). (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1266)
  • An ordinance modifying the hours of operation on Monday, October 15, 2018 only for all licensed establishments authorized to sell alcoholic beverages on premises for consumption. Currently, premises are authorized to engage in the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption on Sunday between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. Ordinance 18-O-1543 would authorize certain establishments to engage in the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption on Monday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Monday, October 15. Pride Atlanta will host the Atlanta Pride Festival Friday, October 12, 2018 through Sunday, October 14, 2018. (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1543)
  • An ordinance creating the position of public safety commissioner with the Office of the Mayor. This position will have oversight of the departments of police, fire, and corrections. (Legislative Reference No. 18-O-1544)
  • NOTE: Several legislative items dealing with the Atlanta Gulch Project are currently held in the Community Development/Human Services Committee. Because the items have been held twice in the committee, a sponsor of the legislation can call for a vote on Monday.

WHEN:      September 17, 2018 at 1 p.m.

WHERE:   Atlanta City Hall, Council Chamber, 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Blue Line

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 President: Felicia A. Moore

District 1: Carla Smith

District 6: Jennifer N. Ide

District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet

District 2: Amir Farokhi

District 7: Howard Shook

District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd

District 3: Ivory Lee Young

District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit

Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond

District 4: Cleta Winslow

District 9: Dustin Hillis

Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland

District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong

District 10: Andrea L. Boone

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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