Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Brigitte Bailey Named as Fulton County Director of Customer Experience & Solutions

Brigitte Bailey has been named as the Director of Customer Experience & Solutions for Fulton County Government. She will report directly to Chief Operating Officer Todd Long.

Long said of the appointment, “Brigitte is well respected by those who have worked alongside her as a direct result of her tenacity and commitment, accompanied by her theoretical and practical knowledge within the public service arena.”

County Manager Dick Anderson has emphasized customer service delivery since joining Fulton County in 2015. He said of Bailey’s appointment, “Brigitte has the skills, institutional knowledge and commitment to make a real impact in shaping service delivery from the customer perspective. She has our full support as we continue our work to make Fulton County first in customer service.”

Bailey will work with all Fulton County departments to improve the customer experience, including everything from customer greetings to the redesign of the County website.  Her work will include assisting in the County’s Digital government strategy, employee recognition programs, and establishing metrics to track customer service.

Brigitte has served with Fulton County Government for 19 years. During her tenure, she has held a variety of roles, most recently as Audit Administrator in the Office of the County Auditor. Other roles have included Assistant Chief of Administration, Community Research Analyst, Program Evaluation Specialist and Administrative Coordinator.  

Prior to her career in public service, Bailey served as a Trust and Investment Management Officer for SunTrust Bank, Atlanta and worked in various financial coordinating positions for the Northern Trust Company and Citibank Illinois. 

Brigitte holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College.  She is a candidate for the Certified Public Manager Program where program completion is expected in September 2017.  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann Named to National Transportation Board

Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann (District 1) has been named to the Transportation Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties.     

The NACo Transportation Steering Committee is responsible for guiding policy platforms for counties around matters pertaining to federal transportation legislation, funding and regulation and impact on county government. Key issues include highway and bridge development, finance and safety, public transit development and finance, transportation planning, airport development and service, passenger and freight railroads, ports and waterways, freight movement, and research and development of new modes of transportation.

Transportation remains one of the top issues facing Fulton County residents, and Commissioner Hausmann will represent Fulton County along with other county officials from across the country in setting national policy around this issue. 

Fulton County, with the assistance of the Atlanta Regional Commission and the 13 cities in Fulton outside of the city of Atlanta,  have commissioned a Transit Study to recommend a transit plan for Fulton County with preliminary results due in December of 2017.

As the Fulton County Board of Commissioners Executive Sponsor of “All People Have Economic Opportunity,” Commissioner Hausmann played a vital role in collaboration with Fulton County cities in bringing forward the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax approved by Fulton County voters in November 2016.

“Recent events have underscored the continued importance of ensuring that the Atlanta Metro Region has a robust transportation infrastructure in place to continue our economic viability and good quality of life.  I look forward to working with NACo to bring our local issues to the forefront of any national transportation initiatives that may help with our mobility needs in Fulton County”, said Commissioner Hausmann.

Commissioner Hausmann has served on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners since 2011. She came to Fulton County with an extensive record of public service on the Fulton County School Board, the Johns Creek City Council, and numerous civic and government boards.
District One is located in northeast Fulton that includes Johns Creek and portions of the cities of Alpharetta,  Roswell, and Sandy Springs east of Georgia 400.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In Memory of Vice Chair Joan P. Garner

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Fulton County Vice Chair Joan P. Garner.

Chairman John H. Eaves has issued the following statement, “On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, we are heartbroken by the loss of our colleague and friend, Vice Chair Joan P. Garner, who passed away this morning after a lengthy fight with triple-negative breast cancer. We will miss her thoughtful service, her passion for equity, and, especially, her smile and her warmth. Our thoughts and prayers are with her spouse and our friend, Judge Jane Morrison, as well as the rest of her family.

Commissioner Garner joined the Board of Commissioner in 2011, representing a dynamic and vibrant district in Atlanta. She put her heart and soul into her service to citizens, with a particular focus on health. She worked tirelessly to fight against health disparities and became our Executive Sponsor of the “All People Are Healthy” priority area. She also joined me in co-founding the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS and championed numerous other health initiatives. She also sponsored numerous programs for young people. Even in within the last month she greeted students at the annual “Don’t Touch The Fire” conference for at-risk youth.

Commissioner Garner was also committed to service on a statewide and national scale. She was currently serving as Third Vice President of ACCG – Georgia’s County Association. She was also very actively engaged with the National Association of Counties, serving as past Chair of the National Association of Counties’ Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board, Chair of NACo’s Medicaid and Indigent Care Subcommittee, and as Chair of the Health Policy Committee.

In the midst of our sorrow, I am so glad we took the opportunity to honor Joan and her work on behalf of citizens of Fulton County at our meeting last week. As a group, we were able to let her know how much we cared for her as an individual, and how much we admired her exemplary service to citizens. Her courage and unwavering commitment to service during her long health battle has been an example to all of us.”

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fulton County Office of Vital Records Now Open in Fulton Government Center

The Fulton County Vital Records Office was officially dedicated Friday, April 14, 2017 during a spirited ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by officials and employees from Fulton County and the Georgia Department of Public Health.  

Fulton County leadership, including Commissioner and Chairman John Eaves, Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson and Fulton Health District Director Dr. Kathleen Toomey, emphasized the updated technology and enhanced office atmosphere will provide a better customer service experience for the clients and an enhanced working environment for County employees.  On any given day, 5 hundred clients walk in the office to use the services of the Fulton County Vital Records office, explained Chairman Eaves while another 2 hundred access the services online.
“Our average wait time went from 30 minutes in the old Aldredge location and will now average 10 minutes here in the new office,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

“Fulton County has not only moved, you have improved,” said Donna L. Moore Moore, State Registrar & Director of Vital Records adding that the Fulton County Vital Records office is only the 4th office to go digital of 159 counties in Georgia.

The technologically updated Fulton County Vital Records Office relocated from the Aldredge Health Center to a spacious office on the first floor, Suite 1029A, of the Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor St. S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Fulton County Government Center is accessible via Five Point Marta rail and several Marta buses.  Public parking is available nearby.

For more information about the Fulton County Office of Vital Records, call 404-613-1260.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Election Day is Tuesday, April 18th for Special Elections

Election Day is Tuesday, April 18th for the special elections in the cities of South Fulton, Roswell and Johns Creek, as well as the special election for the 6th Congressional and 32nd Senate districts. Residents must vote at their assigned poll on Election Day as required by Georgia state law.

Election Day polling locations will be open on Tuesday, April 18th from 7:00am – 7:00pm for registered voters in the cities of South Fulton, Roswell and Johns Creek, as well as the 6th Congressional and 32nd Senate districts.

The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections encourages all voters to verify their poll location by visiting www.mvp.sos.ga.gov website to help them with identifying their poll locations.

For more information about the special elections and the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections, please visit www.fultonelections.com. #FultonVotes

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fulton County Office of Vital Records Relocates to Fulton Government Center

The Fulton County Vital Records Office currently located at the Aldredge Health Center, 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. S.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, will close on March 30 in order to relocate to the Fulton County Government Center, less than a mile away.

The newly renovated and technologically updated Fulton County Vital Records Office will re-open on Friday, April 7, 2017, in a spacious office on the first floor, suite 1029A of the Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor St. S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303.  The hours of operation will remain Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Our residents can expect state-of-the-art technology and more efficient and friendly service -- all delivered in a comfortable and more accommodating customer service waiting area,” said Dr. Kathleen Toomey, District Health Director for Fulton County.

The new Fulton County Vital Records Office will feature:

  • Expanded customer service waiting room that can comfortably seat 52 people and is ADA accessible 
  • State-of-the art touch screen kiosks for faster self-check-in and shorter wait times 
  • Four customer service counters/cashier windows 
  • On-demand printing of birth and death certificates 
  • Designated personnel and service area for funeral homes
The Fulton County Vital Records Office registers records for deaths that occurred in Fulton County, however, the Office has the ability to issue certificates for any birth or death that occurred anywhere in Georgia.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fulton County to Name Pavilion in Memory of Commissioner Bob Fulton

A pavilion on the Johns Creek Environmental Campus (JCEC) will be dedicated in memory of the late Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Fulton, former Fulton County Commissioner on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., located at Johns Creek Environmental Campus (JCEC), 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30022. Dr. Fulton also served as an engineering professor and researcher at Georgia Tech.  Recognizing the need for a new facility, Fulton helped develop the concept of the JCEC, a wastewater treatment facility that also serves as
an educational tool and an asset to the neighboring community.  The event will also feature an official ribbon cutting for trails in the area. As Commissioner representing several North Fulton County communities, Dr. Fulton worked to bring several major improvements to his district including the construction of two regional libraries, Spruill Oaks and Ocee, transportation improvements, the acquisition of park land, funding for Johns Creek Greenway Park, and Newtown Park.  The JCEC serves Fulton County water customers in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, and Roswell. The pavilion and the plaque honoring the late Commissioner were made possible by a donation from Veolia Water in partnership with Fulton County.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fulton County to Break Ground on Old National Highway Sidewalk Improvement Project

Fulton County Public Works will break ground on new sidewalk improvements on Old National Highway on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  The groundbreaking will take place in Parking Lot “A” at World Changers Ministries; 2500 Burdett Road College Park, GA 30349.

The project includes 5 to 6 feet of sidewalks on both sides of Old National Highway, from just north of Flat Shoals Road to Sullivan Road.  It will connect pedestrians to three planned activity centers, schools, parks and homes.  The project includes installation of curbs and gutters (where needed), drainage structures and pipes, concrete sidewalks, signing and marking, mast arms, landscaping and all associated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements.

"The Old National Phase I Sidewalk Project is a promise made and promise kept,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell.  “We appreciate all that staff has done with the County’s stakeholders to make this beginning a reality.”

The project budget totaled approximately $4.3 million.  The Georgia Department of Transportation provided $3,206,750.00. The City of College Park and Fulton County collaborated to provide a total of $1,126,478.00.

Construction on the project begins March 2017 and is expected to be completed by April 2018.

For additional information please contact the Fulton County Public Works Department or Antonio Valenzuela at (404) 612-0520 or email at Antonio.Valenzuela@fultoncountyga.gov.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Calling Candidates for CASA—Court Appointed Special Advocates for Kids

The Fulton CASA program is looking for a few good men!  And women!  The only requirement—that responsible adults have a sincere desire to protect the well-being of children.  The program recruits, screens, trains and supervises adult community members who volunteer their time to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).  Fulton CASA is holding two information sessions at the Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center—March 29th and April14th—to provide the details to any interested candidates. 

Fulton CASA is a volunteer-powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. The juvenile justice system relies on these advocates to be there for these kids.  The CASA program says its role is “society’s most fundamental obligation to children.”  That’s to fight for and protect every child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

Register to attend an information session by emailing contactus@fultoncountycasa.org.  You may call 404-612-4726 if you have questions or stop by the Oak Hill Center during normal business hours to sign up.

CASA Information Sessions @ Oak Hill
Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center
2805 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA  30315

March 29, 2017
11:00am – 12:00 noon

April 14, 2017
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fulton County PICH Program Supports Georgia Safe Routes to School Palooza

The Fulton County Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Program will participate in the Georgia Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Palooza on March 31, 2017 at Morehouse School of Medicine to encourage development of more SRTS programs in the Metro Atlanta and Fulton County area.
During March, in celebration of Walk to School Days, schools across Georgia are launching or showcasing existing SRTS programs. The commemoration also is an opportunity to enlist families and community groups in the effort to provide secure pathways for youngsters to walk and bike to and from school. The Atlanta Palooza is a half-day conference sponsored by the Georgia SRTS Resource Center that brings together school officials, community leaders, citizens, policymakers and government agencies to discuss the benefits of SRTS programs and to share ideas for successfully organizing and sustaining them. The event will feature an address from a keynote speaker, local SRTS success stories, a panel discussion and networking opportunities.
PICH’s participation in the event aligns with its mission to support strategies and initiatives that encourage active lifestyles and increase access to physical activity.
Please register here and see pertinent details below:
WHAT: Spring 2017 Metro Atlanta-North Georgia SRTS Palooza
WHEN: March 31, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310    
WHO: Parents, School Administrators, Community Leaders and Government Officials

About PICH: The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Program is working with community partners to develop strategies and implement programs to promote healthier lifestyles and to reduce both health disparities and the incidence of chronic disease among County residents. The PICH Program is made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement #IU58DP005568-01. For more information, please visit www.fultoncountyga.gov/partnership-to-improve-community-health. To learn more about Fulton County Health and Wellness, please visit www.fultoncountygahealth.org.