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Yesterday, several Athens Clarke County commissioners were sworn into office before the first regular called session of the new year.

Newly elected Commissioner Carol Myers of District 8 was sworn in yesterday along with re-elected commissioners Jesse Houle, Mariah Parker, Allison Wright, and Mike Hamby to begin their new, four-year terms.

During the meeting yesterday, the commissioners unanimously approved to extend "Fare-Free" transit services for 2021.

Political observers are still waiting for more clarity in the aftermath of yesterday’s crucial US Senate runoffs here in Georgia. The AP has called one of those Senate races in favor of Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock. Democrat Jon Ossoff has a slim lead over Republican incumbent David Perdue. Some votes have yet to be tallied, but those outstanding votes appear to be in heavily democratic areas.

The Mayor of Watkinsville is calling on state legislators to create a new judicial circuit, decoupling Oconee County from Athens-Clarke County. Jeanne Davis has more:

Athens Clarke County Commissioners meet tonight. Jessica Wurst has a preview of tonight’s session.

The meeting can be viewed live on the ACC government's YouTube channel or Facebook page starting at 6pm.

The Georgia General Assembly is set to reconvene for the 2021 legislative session on Monday. Jeff Dantre has a look at some of the bills lawmakers will be considering.

Legislators will also be considering the state’s budget, and political observers expect that changes to voting laws will also be on the agenda.

ACCPD Chief is Finalist for Maryland Chief Position

Jan 6, 2021
Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Cleveland Spruill

Athens Clarke-County Chief of Police Cleveland Spruill is a finalist for a job in Frederick, Maryland.

First reported by Flagpole Magazine on Monday, Spruill is one of two finalists for Chief of Police in Frederick, Maryland.

Spruill was first hired as Athens Chief of Police in early 2019 and has faced criticism from the community throughout his two-year tenure. In 2019 ACCPD officers shot six suspects killing five. This resulted in a new policy from Spruill involving officer response to armed individuals.

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

During tonight's meeting, the Athens Clarke County commissioners are scheduled to vote on a plan that would allow a private developer to construct a new parking deck on Downtown public property.

In an email to neighborhood groups in her district, District Three Commissioner Melissa Link said that Landmark Properties intends to build the deck behind the Classic Center, enabling them to construct more student housing. She also said the "deck would not be subject to Planning Commission review & would be exempt from existing Downton design guidelines."