Dunwoody has achieved success following that mission and made real progress through local control and initiatives. We also realize each of our citizens has his or her favorite projects and views on development and improvements. As leaders, we must address all these desires and balance our efforts so we in turn can show progress on all fronts. The “Three Ps” remain our focus, but balancing each one presents the challenge.
The city’s charter clearly spells out which services the city must provide for the health and safety of our community. Among the services we provide directly are police, storm water, community development and parks. The charter also includes services we contractually manage through intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with DeKalb County, such as sanitation, fire and emergency services.
The city seeks to improve overall service levels. Looking forward, we are exploring management of critical services integral to providing the highest quality of life for residents: schools and fire/emergency services. By exploring direct management of select services instead of through IGAs, we are pursuing better administration and oversight, all to increase service levels. As any successful corporation knows, to achieve this, we must commit to fiscal responsibility tied to a vision that addresses the needs of tomorrow.
Mike Davis is mayor of Dunwoody.