Thursday, October 5, 2017

Breast Exams Save Lives: Fulton County Offers FREE Screenings at 3 Regional Health Centers

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Fulton County Board of Health wants to remind women who live in Fulton County to get their life-saving cancer screenings available year round at its Adamsville, College Park and North Fulton regional health centers.  

Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States and in Georgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC says early detection – through health screenings—can lower the death rate of breast and cervical cancers.  The CDC recommends more women should utilize these life-saving, preventive screenings.

Through Fulton County’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP), women who are income-eligible can receive FREE or low-cost breast and cervical screenings and other diagnostic services.  The program will cover the cost of a mammogram to uninsured Fulton residents who meet the program criteria.  To qualify for Fulton County’s BCCP program, a woman must:

  • Reside in Fulton County
  • Be uninsured or under-insured
  • Be income eligible
  • Be between the ages of 40 to 64 year
  • Have had her last mammogram more than a year.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program Services Offered at Three Fulton County Regional Health Centers:

Adamsville Regional Health Center
General info: 404-613-4215

3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, GA  30331-3674
For breast exam appointments call:


College Park Regional Health Center
General info: 404-613-8865

1920 John Wesley Ave,
College Park, GA  30337


North Fulton Regional Health Center
General info:  404-612-1876

3155 Royal Drive, Suite 125, Alpharetta, GA  30022

Fulton County’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program Offers Services Year Round 

Fulton County’s BCCP program has enrolled more than 10,000 uninsured women between 1995-2015 who received screenings and or diagnostic mammograms.  Fulton County partners with many civic organizations.  This includes providing clinical breast examinations and mammogram referrals to the S.C.L.C. Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc. since 2008. For more information about cancer screenings and other women’s health services, call the Fulton County Board of Health’s Women’s Health Division at 404-612-1649.         

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fulton Law & Justice

Learn more about restorative justice, accountability courts and more in this month's episode of "Fulton Law & Justice."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fulton County Board of Health Readies for ZIKA Mosquito Season

The Fulton County Board of Health has launched an expanded and coordinated public awareness campaign to prevent any  local transmission of mosquito-borne viruses, especially Zika, from taking hold in metro Atlanta this summer.

Tip ‘n Toss all standing water!  Every three days!  

According to the CDC, one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the Zika virus is to control the mosquito population by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed. 

Zika Prevention PSA

Fulton County Board of Health officials strongly advise area residents to actively check around their homes and apartments and Tip ‘n Toss all standing water in flower pots, planters, children’s toys and outdoor furniture,  especially after every rainfall.  

Residents are also advised to clean out gutters, remove piles of leaves and keep vegetation cut low to prevent landing sites for adult mosquitoes to breed. These Tip ‘n Toss efforts will dramatically reduce the chances of local transmission in Fulton County.

To date, there has been NO local transmission of the Zika virus in Georgia.  However, according to the CDC, there have been two confirmed travel-related cases in 2017 in Fulton County—both cases occurred during travel to countries where the virus is active.

This year’s Tip ‘n Toss campaign augments Fulton County’s extensive annual mosquito surveillance and control efforts which include monitoring 12,000 mosquito traps and coordinating mosquito surveillance data with officials from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health.  

If nuisance areas are identified by Fulton County Environmental Health as potential trouble spots for mosquitoes that carry Zika or West Nile Virus, Fulton County’s pest control contractor will immediately conduct barrier spraying and apply naturally derived larvicide dunks to control mosquito growth.  

For more information, check out for prevention information and updates. Residents can call the Mosquito Hotline at 404-613-1303 to report issues with standing water. 

Meet This Week's Service Legend: Kaylon Smalls

Kaylon works for the Fulton County Tax Commissioner's Office at its Alpharetta location. She is the Assistant Division Manager. Kaylon's responsibilities include supervising technical and other staff engaged in revenue collection. She monitors the status of work in progress by her team members and she works closely with them to ensure their work is completed and done well and in the spirit of excellence. 

Kaylon's supervisor is Rodney Floyd.  He says Kaylon has a passion for customer service as she formerly taught customer service for the Georgia Department of Revenue.  "Kaylon was one of the reasons why we were able to increase customer service efficiency.  She is a hard worker, she is self motivated and she relates well with her staff."

Floyd also said she is dedicated to encouraging and motivating her team to ensure the vision and goals of the Fulton County Tax Commissioner's Office are accomplished.     

Kaylon Smalls is a true Service Legend that believes in and exemplifies the County's customer service slogan - "BECAUSE WE CARE, WE SERVE." 

Fulton County continues its work toward making the County 1st in 3 in Impact, Service and Efficiency.

Providing quality customer service is a part of the County's strategic plans and employees are key contributors when it comes to accomplishing this goal.  

Leadership recognizes employees are the first point of contact when it comes to service delivery and in an effort to say Thank You for their exemplary service, this publication highlights employees who have delivered excellent customer service throughout their tenure with Fulton County.   

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fulton County Announces Plans for $1 Billion in Infrastructure Investments

Fulton County has announced plans for $1 Billion in Infrastructure Investments over the next several years. Plans have been presented to the Board of Commissioners as well as mayors of Fulton County's 15 cities.

Plans will include:

  • $100 Million+ for Facilities upgrades
  • $570 Million for Transportation Infrastructure through the countywide TSPLOST
  • $109 Million for Phase II of the Library Capital Plan
  • $379 for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure

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 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 #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

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  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 To learn more about Fulton County Health and Wellness, please visit

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fulton County Publishes Annual Action Plan Amendment for Citizen Review

Fulton County has published an amendment to the Fulton County 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and 2016 Action Plan Amendment. Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearings to assist the County in finalizing its Action Plan Amendments.

Two public meetings are scheduled to allow citizen participation.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Location: South Fulton County Service Center
5710 Stonewall Tell Rd., College Park, GA

Date and Time: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Location: North Fulton County Service Center
7741 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA

Comments will be provided to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, who will consider the adoption of the Action Plan Amendments at its scheduled meeting on April 12, 2017. Comments will also be submitted to HUD.

For citizens unable to attend and participate in the public hearings, written comments on the Fulton County proposed Amendment must be submitted to the address below. However, written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 7, 2017.

Fulton County Government
Department of Housing and Community Development
137 Peachtree Street, S.W.
Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30303
Atlanta, GA 30303Attention:
Jenise Jefferson Phone: 404-612-8063 [Call: 404-612-8063]


Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Services Liaison in the Housing and Community Development Department at (404) 613-7944 [Call: (404) 613-7944] five days in advance of the public hearing. To obtain Georgia Relay Access, citizens should dial 711.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Fulton County, Juma Ventures and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Celebrate Donation to Support Youth Employment

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves hosted a news conference Thursday, March 2, 2017 in Assembly Hall to celebrate a grant by JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Juma Ventures. The $200,000 grant will support the non-profit’s efforts to promote employment of low-income and at-risk youth, ages 16 to 21 in metro Atlanta, who want successful futures.  Fulton County’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) program and Juma initiated a partnership in 2016 to provide training and job opportunities for at-risk youth. Chairman Eaves thanked JPMorgan Chase for its commitment to help keep kids out of the prison pipeline. Juma, in partnership with MBK hired 250 young people last year with collective salaries of $500,000.

Santonio Knighton and Ladell Hassell expressed their appreciation for the donation, which will help to change other young lives and place them on a track toward success.   Santonio worked for Juma as a food runner while Ladell served as a concession stand manager.  Santonio is now working as a sous-chef at the Atlanta Sheraton Hotel.  Ladell is working at UPS and is now up for promotion after only a few months on the job.

For more information about My Brother’s Keeper Fulton County and the Juma Ventures partnership, contact Ladisa Onyiliogwu at or call 404-612-9558.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Services Liaison in the Aging and Youth Services Department at (404) 613-7944. To obtain Georgia Relay Access, citizens should dial 711.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fulton County Commissioners Support Crackdown on Human Trafficking

At their March 1, 2017 meeting, Fulton County Commissioners voted 5-0, with one abstention, to amend the Fulton County Code to give police additional criteria to investigate a suspect for suspicion of soliciting prostitution or participating in human trafficking.   The code amendments detail what behaviors can lead to additional police investigation for these crimes including ways to identify those “cruising” for sex. The resolution, co-sponsored by Chairman John H. Eaves and District 2 Commissioner Bob Ellis amends an ordinance that will make it easier to charge individuals who seek to buy sex services. 

"The stories I've heard are horrifying and saddening," said Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves.  "Few people realize how many innocent young girls are being forced to sell themselves for sex. Our action today makes it clear that something as simple as loitering can be a red flag that someone is a potential predator and we won't tolerate it."
“In bringing this forward, it was my intent to address the power imbalance that currently exists between those seeking to purchase sexual services and those being exploited to perform the acts,” stated District 2 Commissioner, Bob Ellis.  “I believe this is a model ordinance that can be replicated across the Metro Atlanta area, and I will be reaching out to other jurisdictions to ask them to join Fulton County in the effort to end commercial sexual exploitation.”
 In areas that are known to authorities for frequent prostitution arrests, officers would be given additional latitude to investigate a loitering suspect who engages in several suspicious behaviors including repeatedly circling the block in a car, stopping a motor vehicle in a county road to beckon to or engage with others on the side of the road, repeatedly stopping or attempting to stop drivers by hailing them down, and remaining in a vehicle in parking lot or vacant area for extended periods of time. The Fulton County Police Department worked with the nonprofit group YouthSpark to develop the ordinance amendments, which recognize that the most effective way to address sexual trafficking is to more effectively prosecute people seeking to purchase sex. 
“This local legislation is a necessary step to curtail sex trafficking,” says Fulton County Police Chief Gary Stiles. “For much too long the "customers" of this ugly business have been able to avoid being charged with a crime as they cruise areas for purposes of paying strangers for sex acts.”
“We are proud of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for recognizing that the illegal sex trade is driven by "buyers" whose actions exploit others, particularly vulnerable young people,” said Dr. Alex Trouteaud, Executive Director of youthSpark.  “We hope other counties and cities across metro Atlanta will consider adopting similar approaches to Fulton County in their anti-trafficking ordinances.  No buyers, no trafficking.”
On October 7, 2015, the Board of Commissioners, led by Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Bob Ellis, unanimously adopted a resolution creating and establishing the Fulton County Commercial Sexual Exploitation Prevention Coalition, a multidisciplinary coalition to prevent commercial sexual exploitation. That coalition brings together individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement, criminal justice, nonprofit, and civic organizations, committed to ending sexual exploitation within Fulton County.