Fire Chief, Chief of Staff, and longtime resident Alex Cohilas will retire on December 24 after 35 years of service to Clayton.
His accomplishments are too lengthy to name here, but include being the youngest person to ever be named Chief of the Fire Department at age 45, being named Director of Clayton County’s Emergency Management Agency, and most recently being appointed Chief of Staff by the Board of Commissioners.
I have had a few opportunities to speak with Chief Cohilas about various county issues over the years, and his love for Clayton was always plain. He always expressed his desire to see this county prosper, and had some great ideas for improving and moving us forward. Not only do I wish him well, but also hope that his successor makes some of those ideas reality.
Assuming there will be a successor, do you have any thoughts on who should be the next Chief of Staff?
The Clayton County Board of Commissioners has kicked off the holiday season with a toy drive for Clayton county’s underprivileged children ages 6 months–12 years old.
“The [BOC] along with city of Riverdale are pleased with the support they have received from the community,” says BOC PR Officer Jamie Carlington. “Organizations such as AmeriGroup, the Clayton County Board of Health, Southern Regional and Atlanta Gas & Light have really stepped up to assist with the Toy Drive. However, we still are in need of financial donations and new, unwrapped toys.”
Drop off locations are located throughout the county, including all Clayton County Fire stations, Parks and Recreations facilities, and the BOC office (112 Smith Street, Jonesboro). Thursday, December 16, 2010 is the deadline they can accept donations from the public.