Three new commissioners sworn in, ACC lawmakers move to reopen community centers
Three new commissioners were sworn onto the Athens-Clarke County Commission Tuesday night. The new members are Tiffany Taylor, Dexter Fisher, and John Culpepper.
In her first day on the job, District 3’s Taylor was also a part of some non-ceremonial legislative business. She co-wrote a measure, along with Commissioners Mike Hamby and Ovita Thornton, that would direct county staff to devise ways to open a number of shuttered community centers. That proposal is tied to legislation accepting grant funding for a drug task force..
"I feel like we should also be reaching our children at a younger age," Taylor said. "It's easy, you know, to pour [money] into a task force for drug enforcement, but if we don't catch it at the beginning, then we're just running in circles."
That measure passed the commission unanimously.
In other commission business, District 9 Commissioner Ovita Thornton was picked by her colleagues to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the next year.