Some residents have wondered aloud why Clayton’s elected officials don’t appear to work together on issues that affect the county as a whole. This mindset could be changing, thanks to the newly formed Leadership Roundtable.
Co-hosted by Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt and Senator Gail Buckner, these monthly meetings aim to bring our leaders from all over the county together every month to communicate with each other and the public.
“The purpose of the Leadership Roundtable is to give the elected officials of Clayton County an opportunity to have on-going conversations on a regular basis,” says Buckner. “By getting together to share information about what we’re working on, we can maximize one of our most valuable resources – our time – to give and get information that is important to our community.” All county elected officials are invited to participate.
The first meeting will take place October 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake City Municipal Center council chambers (5455 Jonesboro Road), with a meet and greet from 9:00-9:30 a.m. to give citizens an opportunity to chat with elected officials. While public comment will not be allowed at the initial organization meeting, that could change at future meetings.
“I think some things that have been going on in the county are not good for the county,” says Mayor Oswalt. “Municipalities and the county have to mutually agree on every aspect of it, but we have to sit and talk these things out.”
The Leadership Roundtable will meet every month in a different Clayton city, with the November meeting being held in Riverdale.
“I hope people take it serious enough to know that Clayton county is on the verge of heading in the right direction,” adds Oswalt. “Everybody needs to be on the same page, that’s the whole purpose of these meetings.”
Will you attend? What issue(s) would you ask your elected official(s) to bring to the Roundtable for discussion?