The council, comprised of lawmakers, judges, lawyers and members of law enforcement, is also co-chaired by David Werner, the governor's deputy executive council. The governor also appointed his son, Jason Deal, a Superior Court judge who oversees accountability courts in Hall and Dawson counties, to the council.
The governor appeared briefly as the council began its first meeing Monday, thanking members for their time and noting the Legislature did not enact all that some of the council's recommendations last year.
"You did good work," Deal said. "You looked at issues that were important to our state. I know you will continue that effort."