Monthly Archives: May 2011

East Point City Council Training

Recently I was honored to be asked by City Attorney Nina Hickson and City Manager Crandall Jones to make a presentation to the East Point City Council during its annual retreat. I spoke to the Council on the topic of Council / Staff relations. I titled my paper Would You Act Like That In Front of Your Grandmother?! (How Good Council/Staff Relations Can Minimize Public Risk and Improve Public Image).

I illustrated my presentation  with quilts to show that each person is part of a bigger picture. Shown here is my quilt Fulton County Attorneys which is a signature quilt made during my tenure as the Fulton County Attorney. Each staff member signed a block in the quilt.

Sharpening My Mediation Skills Through the Tax Appeal Process

It’s tax time! Metro counties, including Fulton, are sending out thousands of assessment notices to homeowners. If homeowners are unhappy with their assessment, they can appeal. Because of a change in the law requiring counties to assess property annually, everyone will get a notice this year. Tax officials are bracing for an unusually large number of appeals.

At the request of Fulton County Attorney David Ware, I will be handling some of these appeals on behalf of the Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors. Most of the Fulton Superior Court Judges assign their tax appeal cases to the Fulton County Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution before placing them on a trial calendar. I am looking forward to participating in the mediation process from the other side of the table.

Making Connections at ACCG

My best friends Rosalind Newell, June Green and I recently attended the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) conference in Savannah.  County Commissioners from around the state attend this conference which is held annually. It was great to re-connect with old friends, while staying up-to-date on legal issues affecting counties. One of the highlights of the conference was a presentation at the County Attorney seminar by Attorney General Sam Olens. He spoke on proposed changes to the State’s Open Records and Open Meetings laws.

Since I was with my girls, however, we managed to extend the conference into a mini vacation on Hilton Head Island. Let’s just say that in addition to beautiful beaches, Hilton Head Island has great shopping!

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