Dunwoody swears in elected officials, police officer | Dunwoody News

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Some 75 people packed Dunwoody City Hall for the swearing-in of four incumbent officials Jan. 8. 

Superior Court Judge Stacey Hydrick swears in Mayor Lynn Deutsch for a second four-year term Jan. 8. Deutsch, along with three incumbent councilmembers, were sworn in by Hydrick at the Dunwoody City Council meeting.

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Before the meeting, Mayor Lynn Deutsch and councilmembers Stacey Harris and Joe Seconder took photos with their families in front of the dais.

The mayor recognized two Doraville councilmembers at the swearing-in, Stephe Koontz and Gerald Evan. State Rep. Esther Panitch, who serves District 51 north of Dunwoody in Sandy Springs, also attended. 

From left, Judge Stacey Hydrick of the DeKalb County Superior Court swears in incumbent councilmembers John Heneghan, Stacey Harris and Joe Seconder Jan. 8. While Heneghan ran unopposed, Harris and Seconder defeated challengers in the Nov. 7 municipal election.

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Superior Court Judge Stacey Hydrick swore in Mayor Deutsch to begin the City Council meeting. Deutsch was elected to a second four-year term after she ran unchallenged in the November municipal election.

Hydrick is a resident of the city and Dunwoody High School alumna.

Three incumbent councilmembers, Harris, Seconder and John Heneghan took their oath of office together in front of the dais.

From left, Mayor Lynn Deutsch, Police Officer DeMario Tinsley and Deputy Chief of Police Mike Carlson smile after Dunwoody’s newest officer took his oath of office Jan. 8. Tinsley had served as a police officer in Marietta prior to joining the Dunwoody Police Department.

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Heneghan, who has served on the City Council since 2008, ran unopposed for the Post 6 seat in 2023. Seconder garnered about 70 percent of the vote over challenger Marianella Lopez in the Post 5 contest. Councilwoman Harris defeated her opponent Chris Ozor for the Post 4 seat with 79 percent of the vote. 

Councilman Tom Lambert was named mayor pro tempore. He will fill in for the mayor when she is unavailable. 

Deputy Chief of Police Mike Carlson introduced Officer DeMario Tinsley, who joined the force Dec. 27. Tinsley previously worked as a field technician for Arcadis before joining the department. He was a Marietta police officer from 2017-18.

Dunwoody residents, friends and family give a standing ovation after Mayor Lynn Deutsch’s oath of office. Deutsch was elected to a second four-year term after she was unchallenged in the November municipal election.

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“For all these people here tonight, the most important thing they just saw was you taking your oath of office,” Deutsch said. “We are incredibly grateful that you have chosen to serve our community, along with your fantastic colleagues.”

Deputy Chief Carlson also presented a discussion item for approval of a 5-year contract with Flock Safety for license plate readers. Carlson said license plate readers have proven to be an asset, preventing criminals from entering and exiting the city undetected.

Joseph Bell, a resident of the Adams Parc subdivision, speaks during public comment Jan. 8 about an issue with stormwater management causing land erosion on his property. Bell said he will meet with Councilman John Heneghan Jan. 12 after his dissatisfaction with the response from city staff.

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City staff recommends entering the 5-year contract, which locks the price of the license plate readers at their current rate.

Carlson said the Flock Safety system will continue to operate as the new contract is discussed. 

Mayor Deutsch motioned for the contract approval to be put on the consent agenda for the Jan. 22 City Council meeting. 

Because Flock Safety announced a price hike Nov. 27, the proposed contract will save the city $33,500 in the first year or $167,500 over the five-year period.

After the swearing-in ceremonies, resident Joseph Bell spoke during public comment at a third consecutive City Council meeting. Bell, a resident of the Adams Parc subdivision, spoke about land erosion near his home in the Adams Parc subdivision. 

According to Bell, an underground water quality basin is the root cause of soil erosion near his property on Wallace Lane.

Since speaking at the Nov. 27 and Dec. 11 council meetings, Bell provided an update on his effort to have the issue addressed by city staff.

“During the holiday weekend, I spent my time reading the Dunwoody stormwater policies”, Bell said. “I discovered the power of stormwater management rests exclusively with Madam Mayor and the City Council.”

Bell also said he has scheduled a meeting with Councilman Heneghan Jan. 12 after his dissatisfaction with the Jan. 2 response from Public Works Director Michael Smith.

“Please, do what you said on paper,” Bell said.

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