Following the successful Brookhaven incorporation vote, and knowing that there is still before December 17, leaders from around the county reacted to the decision.
Eva Galambos, Mayor of Sandy Springs (which held a successful incorporation vote in June 2005 and elected its first city government officials in November of that year):
Congratulations to the citizens of the new city of Brookhaven! I am sure they will not regret their decision, and I urge full civic participation as the city gets its start. In Sandy Springs, we had task forces working on each new city service long before our officials were selected or sworn in. It was a worthwhile process.
Bill Floyd, Mayor of Decatur:
We are delighted that the people of Brookhaven have decided to join the cities of Dekalb County. As you work together the next few months to build the city of Brookhaven you will begin to experience the joys of city hood. While I am sure that the work will be hard and at times frustrating, please know you are not in this alone. All of the cities of Dekalb promise any help and assistance you may need. We look forward to standing together with you in December when you join us as Georgia's newest city.
Brookhaven must now wait for Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint a commission tasked with searching for candidates for new offices like city manager, city clerk and accountant. This commission could be announced next week.
Burke Brennan, DeKalb County Chief Communications Officer, also reacted to the news:
"The people have spoken. We will cooperate with the new City of Brookhaven as they transition to provide municipal services to DeKalb County residents...They're still DeKalb County residents, so we've got to provide for everybody."
Patch will continue to provide news as Brookhaven makes its way to cityhood.