Thursday, July 31, 2008

Governor Announces Appointment of Five Dunwoody Representatives

Governor Perdue today appointed five interim representatives of the newly incorporated city of Dunwoody. These representatives will serve until the election of the municipality’s first governing authority. The interim representatives will facilitate the provision of municipal services and facilities, the collection of taxes and fees, and the negotiation of intergovernmental agreements in preparation of the establishment of the new municipality.

State law (O.C.G.A. §36-31-8 (g)) provides the authority for the Governor appointing interim representatives when new cities are created by the General Assembly. Brief biographies are provided below:

Brian J. Anderson - Anderson is employed by FSB Corporate Counsel. He is a former executive and general counsel of an Atlanta based high tech company. Previously, Anderson served as council at Morris, Manning, & Martin, LLP, where he worked primarily with fast-growth companies, from technology startups to companies positioning themselves for merger and acquisition activity. He serves on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations and is a member of Citizens for Dunwoody. Anderson received his law degree from Georgia State University.

David M. Purcell –Purcell has been an employee of Georgia Power Company since 1972 serving as External Manager/Assistant to Region Manager since 1992. During his tenure with Georgia Power, Mr. Purcell has served as Marketing Representative, Senior Marketing Representative, Residential Marketing and Outdoor Lighting Supervisor and District Accounting Manager. Purcell serves on the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb Partners in Education Foundation, Senior Connections board chair, and the United Way Advisory Board. Past board activities include the DeKalb History Center, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and served for one year as Economic Development Director for the County. He obtained a bachelors degree in business from Piedmont College. Purcell is married with two daughters and two grandchildren.

Charles W. (Bill) Robinson – Robinson is a retired Colonel for the United State Army where he served for 30 years. He has been a resident of Dunwoody for 35 years. Robinson serves on and holds leadership positions on the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, Dunwoody Preservation Trust, Dunwoody Nature Center, Dunwoody Stage Door Players and the Brook Run Conservancy. He obtained a masters degree in political science from Georgia State University. He and his wife Barbara have two children.

Yvonne D. Williams – Williams is the President of the DeKalb Perimeter Community Improvement District which she helped organize in 2001. She serves on the Governor’s Congestion Mitigation Task Force, Regional Atlanta Civic League, Northside Hospital Foundation, Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgians for Better Transportation. Williams has a Bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Georgia and was among 120 non-profit executives from throughout the county selected to participate in the Harvard Business School's Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management Program.

Beverly “Bev” J. Wingate - Wingate is a retired businesswoman with a background in telecommunications with an emphasis on management training programs and public relations. She is originally from the Chicago, Illinois area and has lived in Dunwoody for 28 years. Wingate has served on various boards including the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, Spruill Center for the Arts Guild, Dunwoody Preservation Trust and the Dunwoody Woman's Club. She and her husband Ronald “Windy” Wingate have one son and one grandchild.

The executive order is provided below:

WHEREAS: The General Assembly passed, and I signed Senate Bill 82, which provides for a referendum that, if passed, incorporates the City of Dunwoody in DeKalb County; and

WHEREAS: The voters in the July 15 referendum voted overwhelmingly to create the City of Dunwoody; and

WHEREAS: An orderly and amicable transition is in the best interests of all residents of DeKalb County; and

WHEREAS: The Official Code of Georgia provides a statutory mechanism to assist with the transition, and the elected representatives of Dunwoody have requested a Governor’s Commission on the City of Dunwoody;


ORDERED: That a Commission for Dunwoody be created to facilitate the provision of municipal services and facilities, the collection of taxes and fees, and the negotiation of intergovernmental agreements in preparation of the establishment of the new municipality. The Commission shall stand dissolved as of the time the members of the City Council of Dunwoody take office. It is further

ORDERED: That the following persons are appointed to serve on the Commission: (1) Brian Anderson; (2) David Purcell; (3) Bill Robinson; (4) Yvonne Williams; and (5) Bev Wingate.

This 31st day of July, 2008.

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