Editor's note: Marie Garrett was announced as Brookhaven's first city manager on Wednesday. Today, she answers Five Questions from Patch.
1. Mayor Davis has said the city needs to hire a city manager before hiring a police chief. Now that you've been hired, what's the latest with a search for a chief of police for Brookhaven?
Garrett: We have launched the search for chief of police today.
2. There have been reports of Brookhaven looking for a private company to collect its trash? Is this something that is being actively pursued?
Garrett: We are currently exploring all options in regards to trash collection, but no decision has been made. We will continue to receive sanitation services through DeKalb County as we currently do.
3. How soon will the city begin purchasing the parks that are inside city limits from DeKalb County?
Garrett: We plan to have the parks acquired from DeKalb County by Thanksgiving 2013.
4. Do you anticipate any problems or issues that may arise as the city's budgetary process moves forward?
Garrett: No. We are taking a conservative approach. The city is looking at all sources of funding, expenditures and revenue streams in order to provide the residents of Brookhaven with a fiscally-sound and solid budget.
5. You obviously have a lot of experience. Is there anything different about Brookhaven specifically that you've encountered that is different from other cities for which you've worked?
Garrett: Every city has its individual identity and no two are alike. The city of Brookhaven has a profound energy. The excitement for serving the community is demonstrated every day by the committment of the mayor, council and staff to the residents of Brookhaven.