The board will contain at least one new Republican member and one new representative from north of I-20. I expect some shift in priorities. Many priorities are shared, and those priorities are the most pressing.
All county residents care about their families’ safety. For that reason, police and fire need critical tools and manpower. Also, ongoing issues with the Fulton County Jail should remain a top priority, including efforts to eliminate overcrowding and end the ongoing lawsuit and subsequent consent decree oversight of the facility. That doesn’t mean simply looking for other places to house those awaiting trial, but working harder to ensure nonviolent offenders don’t become repeat offenders. We must continue to seek opportunities for the formerly incarcerated to transition back into society as productive members, rather than being wards of the state over and over again.