Chairman's Corner

Wednesday October 3, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

Today, on the Chairman’s Corner we feature the Parks and Recreation Director, Michael Justus, who does more to fulfill the 3rd part of the Live, Work, and Play formula of Paulding County’s Quality of Life.

Michael is a visionary leader whose vision has brought significant recreational advancements to the lives of countless Paulding families and residents of all ages. Sit back and enjoy!

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,

Dave


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

In our Chairman’s Corner video today, it is a great pleasure to introduce Chief Joey Pelfrey.  Chief Pelfrey started his career in the Paulding County Fire Department as a basic, newly hired firefighter and has worked his way to the top of the Department.  Having progressed through the ranks Joey understood the challenges, trials and difficulties that come with the first responders’ job and life style.  A unique routine requires special people with a special commitment that only can be led by a superlative leader like Chief Joey Pelfrey.  Chief Pelfrey also directs the EMA, Emergency Management Association. We are very appreciative of his service. 

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,

Dave


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

The Chairman’s Corner video today features Ms. Laurie Ashmore, Paulding County’s Director of the Water and Sewer Department. Ms. Ashmore has many years of experience, leads a wonderful team of specialists, and an impressive WSAB, Water Sewer Advisory Board which includes six dedicated citizens. Ms. Ashmore is a P.E., Professional Engineer who drives to work from Rockdale County and gives 110% to her adopted work county, Paulding County, GA. Her hard work, dedication and commitment is greatly appreciated and second to none!

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,

Dave

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Mr. Tommy Leonard, a pillar leader and example on the Paulding County staff as he steers and motivates the Transfer Station/Recycle team. 

Tommy and this hard working team provides a much needed service to Paulding Countians; and other regional citizens who visit our recycling center (a boost and benefit to all local folks) and provide a drop off point for disposing of household solid waste.  I know you will enjoy the information being shared with you in this interview, and if you are NOT using this waste disposal service, you will begin to take advantage of the Transfer Station/Recycling opportunity.

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,

Dave

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

Our next Chairman’s Corner is with Lt. Trevor Hess who is Paulding County’s Chief Marshal.  The mission of the Marshal is first to gain citizen compliance with county code by educating Paulding Countians in order to maintain a standard of conduct, improving quality of life for all!

Trevor has led 10 deputies for five years, since his 14 years with the Sheriff’s Office where he served on the Crime Suppression Unit and the SWAT Team.  Trevor’s commitment and dedication to our citizens are second to none! He holds true to the highest levels of leadership and morale.

He has been married for 13 years with one son. 

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,

Dave

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

It is my pleasure to introduce Ms. Ann Lippmann, director of the Paulding County Community Development Department. Ann has lead this vitally important work area for 5 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our overall comprehensive planning efforts, commercial and residential inspection, oversight of building codes, development ordinances, and zoning guidance and recommendations.

Enjoy Mrs. Lippmann‘s verbal expertise on our chairman‘s corner video today! Thank you for watching.

Recognizing God's rich blessings,
Dave

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

The Paulding County Finance Department is led by Tabitha Pollard. Tabitha and her team work very hard to ensure our county is on the cutting edge of budgetary and fiduciary performance!

The Finance Department works hard and has been recognized by The GFOA Government Finance Officers Association and awarded "The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award" for FY2017, for their superlative performance measures during annual audits. Personnel in our Finance Department have achieved an AA Bond rating for Paulding County that translates into loan advantages and lower interest rates for projects like the new Richland Creek Reservoir and County voted/approved Detention Center!

Recognizing God's rich blessings,
Dave

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

The Paulding County Board of Elections and Supervisor of Elections is led by Deidre Holden. Deidre has one of the most exciting and important jobs in the county! She provides exceptional service to the citizens of Paulding all the while with a smile on her face! She's dedicated to the process and goes above and beyond to ensure our elections are conducted with honesty, integrity and respect! Deidre is a devoted wife, mother and long life Paulding County citizen who takes her job as Supervisor for Elections & Registration very seriously. She has a heart as big as Georgia itself, and cares about Paulding County and the importance of getting out to vote! "Freedom isn't free!"

Recognizing God's rich blessings,
Dave

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

Paulding County government is the employer of many employees and gifted department heads! Over the next weeks I will showcase all of them. The PDOT, Paulding Department of Transportation, is led by Mr. George Jones. George has his finger on the pulse of very large and complex jobs/projects from potholes, fallen tree limbs, highway striping…and everything in between. George has an exemplary work ethic! He does not work from 8 to 5, but really whatever it takes to get the job done! My kind of man! George also finds time to be a husband and dad - a devoted family man. Enjoy the following interview with Mr. George Jones, Director of the Paulding County Department of Transportation.

Recognizing God's rich blessings,
Dave

Thursday, January 17, 2018

We did not have a White Christmas, but Mother Nature has certainly bracketed the Holiday Season with white!! And you know white "precip" and white hair are signs of purity…LOL! Once again, I am pleased with the work of our EMA (Emergency Management Agency) under the director of Chief Pelfrey and Stephen Dooley, always assisted by the Sheriff's office, Fire Department, 911 Department, and PDOT. Your coordination with higher authority and interdepartmentally is excellent.

More on winter weather: My Granddaddy used to say, "Don't apologize for something you have no control over!" I certainly have no control over the weather, but I am regretful that we have had 3 RCR (Richland Creek Reservoir) tours/fieldtrips rescheduled due to rainy or snowy weather! We will keep trying to get a good day! The Reservoir is on schedule despite the weather and is also on budget. The Dam is getting taller! In nine months we will fill partially with water and begin stocking with fish! You fishermen/fisherwomen get your canoes and kayaks ready! Also, we will soon see construction on the new jail, long overdue and vitally needed. CPS (Comprehensive Program Services) will introduce monthly updates on the jail progress, beginning at the BOC (Board of Commissioner) meeting on January 23, 2018.

The 2018 Georgia General Assembly began on January 8, 2018. Members of your Paulding County staff will collaborate with ACCG (Association of County Commissioners of Georgia) to stay abreast of state bills that most directly affect our county. Issues include the FY2018 Amended Budget and Governor's proposed FY 2019 budget, modernization and balanced funding of the 9-1-1 System, Broadband connectivity throughout Georgia, Sales tax reform, and others.

I hope you have started the New Year with a "pep in your step", an "attitude for good health", and positive ideas for our county! Do not hesitate to contact your Post Commissioner or myself by email to communicate your thoughts and concerns.

Recognizing God's rich blessings,
Dave