Atlanta mayor names director for city’s new office of violence reduction

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in Atlanta on May 7, 2021. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/TNS)

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in Atlanta on May 7, 2021. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/TNS)

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Friday afternoon that she’s selected a director for the city’s Office of Violence Reduction.

Jacquel Clemons Moore is taking on the task of leading the city’s new executive department, according to a press release from the mayor’s office. Moore’s hire is effective retroactively, as of Dec. 1.

Crime was the main issue in this year’s mayoral race amid rises in homicides and gun violence. Bottoms ended her reelection bid in May and announced in July that she would pursue a $70 million investment into public safety plans, which included the creation of the new violence reduction office.

“The establishment of the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction and the expansion of violence prevention programs are key components of our strategies toward combatting rising crime,” Bottoms said in a statement.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction, Jacquel Clemons Moore, is onboard effective December 1, 2021. (City of Atlanta)

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction, Jacquel Clemons Moore, is onboard effective December 1, 2021. (City of Atlanta)

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction, Jacquel Clemons Moore, is onboard effective December 1, 2021. (City of Atlanta)

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“We are looking forward to the leadership of Jacquel Clemons Moore in this fight to ensure the safety of every Atlantan.”

Clemons Moore previously served as chief operating officer and interim executive director for the Kings Against Violence Initiative, which is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based nonprofit that works with young people to prevent interpersonal violence through advocacy, peer leadership, community mobilization, and social justice, according to the organization’s website.

The mayor’s office stated Clemons Moore developed and led the organization’s public health strategies to address violence and trauma in Brooklyn. She has more than two decades of experience in developing public health interventions, according to the mayor’s office. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University and earned her Master of Public Health at New York University.

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“Combatting violence is a deeply personal issue for me, as it is for so many people across our great city,” Clemons Moore said in a statement. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with our communities and stakeholders to implement evidence-informed, community driven solutions to reduce interpersonal violence.”

Bottoms endorsed Andre Dickens, who went on to win the runoff last month to become Atlanta’s 61st mayor. Although he will likely accept the new director, Dickens’ spokesman did not immediately respond when asked if the mayor-elect will keep Clemons Moore.

Atlanta is also seeking proposals from one or more local 501c3 nonprofits to administer the Cure Violence program in two areas of the city, according to the mayor’s office.

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The Violence Prevention Programs in the westside will serve residents in Bankhead, Vine City, and Washington Park. The Southwest Atlanta site will serve Oakland City, Campbellton Road, and Venetian Hills.

Atlanta’s request for proposals are available on the city’s Solicitation Portal. Organizations can participate in a virtual pre-bid conference for the project on Monday at 2 pm. The deadline to submit responses is Dec. 20 at 2 pm.