Thursday, June 3, 2010

Quick! Submit your questions for Atlanta police chief town hall

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Residents who want to know how Atlanta's police chief finalists plan to curb crime, earn officers' trust, and handle other public safety issues have until 3 p.m. to submit their questions for tonight's "town hall" forum at the Atlanta Civic Center.

After an introduction by Mayor Kasim Reed at 6 p.m., the three finalists for the job — Dr. Cedric L. Alexander, federal security director for the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; City of Atlanta Interim Police Chief George N. Turner; and Louisville Police Chief Robert Crump White — will give a brief overview of their qualifications. Deidra Dukes of Fox 5 and Bill Nigut, a former political reporter who now heads the Anti-Defamation League's efforts in the South, will moderate the forum and lob questions at the three finalists. Finally, Dukes and Nigut will ask the finalists questions submitted by residents. Things wrap up at 7:30 p.m.

If you have a question you'd like to submit, send it to mayorreed(at)atlantaga(dot)gov. Be sure to sign your name and identify the neighborhood where you live or work. If time permits, the mayor's office says, residents will have the chance to ask the finalists additional questions. No signs or banners are allowed.

If you're looking to get a question answered about your water bill, pothole-filled street, or the crack house a few doors down, representatives from the mayor's office will be in the lobby to help you out with your concerns. You can also reach them at (404) 330-6023.

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