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Mayor's State of the City Address

Post Date:01/15/2020 1:13 PM

The Mayor’s State of the City Address was held at Cherokee Run Golf Club on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. More than 175 invited guests, citizens and city staff members were in attendance for the address with the theme of “Framing the Future.”

Mayor Evans addressed the attendees and provided a look back at the city’s accomplishments and highlights of 2019, while offering a look forward at the anticipated completion of the new Conyers City Hall, new development and redevelopment opportunities, and an encouraging downward trend in crime (12% decrease in crime compared to 2018 statistics).

District 3 Council Member Gerald Hinesley was sworn in for his fifth term on the city council. Newly elected members Connie Alsobrook (District 2, Post 2) and Valyncia Smith (District 4) were sworn in before a crowd of family and friends.  

Other highlights of the evening included the announcement of the city’s 2019 Employee of the Year and recipient of the Dee Buggay Award of Excellence, Melissa Staton, code enforcement supervisor in the Department of Planning and Inspection Services. The recipient of the PEACH (Positive Employees Are Conyers’ Heartbeat) Award was Marie Willis, communications supervisor in the Conyers Police Communications Division.

Ms. Leigh Anne Knight, commissioner of CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), presented to Conyers Police Gene Wilson and his command staff, the plaque reaccrediting the Conyers Police Department with excellence on behalf of CALEA. The Conyers Police Department received its initial CALEA accreditation in 2012 and first reaccreditation in 2015. Accreditation through CALEA is an ongoing process where the police department is evaluated on a continuous basis to ensure it remains in compliance with established standards. The reaccreditation with excellence distinction is an honor new to the Conyers Police Department’s accreditation efforts and provides agencies with an opportunity to be further recognized for the effective use of accreditation as a model for the delivery of enhanced public safety services and management professionalism.  

In closing, Mayor Evans thanked outgoing council members Dr. John Fountain and Jacob Bailey for their service. He challenged the audience to evaluate where they fit in as part of the vision of Conyers and how they can be part of reinforcing its foundation for the future.

“I challenge each of you to be that person who makes a difference, to figure out where you can best affect change for the better in Conyers, and encourage others to do so,” said Mayor Evans. “We can truly be that community and this corner of the world where people take notice and say, ‘I want my city, my county, my community, to be like Conyers.’”

The State of the City Address can be viewed in its entirety by viewing it on YouTube: 

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