DEKALB COUNTY, GA –DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry (D-District 6) was named chair of the Employee Relations & Public Safety (ERPS) Committee and a member of the Public Works & Infrastructure (PWI) Committee during the Board of Commissioners meeting on Jan. 23.
Terry said the re-assignments to these committees will allow him to continue his existing work and move new initiatives forward:
“For the past two years on the ERPS committee, as chair, we’ve successfully focused on public safety enhancements, including expanding FLOCK cameras installations and new gas station surveillance regulations, increasing the minimum wage for frontline workers, and pushing forward proposals for better retirement benefits for Police, Fire and E911 personnel,” said Terry.
“Our goals for 2024 will include continuing work on those important priorities from last year, while also moving forward legislation to create a Police Civilian Oversight Board and investing in health and wellness programs for all 6,000+ employees and expanding youth violence prevention programs run by DeKalb’s Police Athletic League, the DeKalb Youth Commission, and community-based nonprofits, such as the 100 Black Men of DeKalb, leadership and mentoring program.”
Terry said that as a member of PWI for the fourth year, he plans to focus on the vital water and sewer infrastructure system and EPA consent decree work to ensure the hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in the county’s aging pipes and treatment facilities continues. He pledged to push for transparency and audits.
In addition, he said he would work to provide dedicated oversight into the SPLOST 1 & 2 project lists as it relates to road resurfacing, sidewalks and trail expansion, and improve mobility and transportation options for DeKalb residents.
“These committee priorities, in addition to my DeKalb Green New Deal Agenda and housing initiatives, will ensure that DeKalb County residents have well-rounded access to safety, wellness and sustainable housing,” Terry said.