Political Notebook:

Hutmacher to start in Norcross July 17

Warren Hutmacher is ready to go to work.

The city manager for Avondale Estates in DeKalb County will make history as Norcross' first city administrator July 17.

Hutmacher said he, his wife, Emily, and 5-month-old Heather will eventually relocate to the Norcross area.

But his immediate goal is to orient himself to the community and define his role in helping City Council members separate policy from day-to-day business.

"It's difficult set up the way it is now," said Hutmacher. "I think the staff will be much happier (with a city administrator in place). They'll be taken out of the politics of the city and allowed to do their jobs."

"I feel good that the entire council supports this (position)," Hutmacher continued. "It's the right time and the right thing to do for Norcross.

"I plan to take six to nine months to do a detailed assessment of what's going on. I'm aware of the city's hot-button issues - the church property purchase, high density development, etc., but I'm coming in with an open mind. I certainly don't have all the answers right now."

PAC to host

governor in Duluth

Georgia's newest political action committee is making its first stop in Gwinnett.

GOP Capitol PAC is holding its first fundraiser at Wild Bill's in Duluth.

The event will feature Gov. Sonny Perdue and Chris Simcox of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, and officials expect every statewide Republican candidate to be on hand.

"This is not a GOP-activist-only event," said organizer Kathy Hildebrand, explaining that Simcox was invited because illegal immigration is such a hot-button issue this political season. "It's for any Georgian voter who wants to be fully informed when they walk into the voting booth on July 18 and again on Nov. 7, for anyone who wants to hear about the Minutemen's latest wall-building project at our country's southern border, and for anyone who just enjoys having a great time."

Also featured at the June 24 event will be a concert by The Right Brothers band, who will perform their distinctive brand of musical entertainment which includes "Tolerate This!," "It's My Money!," "Hey Hollywood!," "I Want My Country Back!," "For My Country," and the theme song for the evening, "What About the Issues?"

A buffet will be provided by Spiced Right BBQ, and event organizers will conduct a straw poll for statewide candidates using electronic voting machines provided by the state's Board of Elections.

Hosts are radio personalities Martha Zoller and William Greene.

The event, from 7 to

9 p.m., is open to anyone of voting age; no one under 18 admitted. Tickets are available for $20 ($25 at the door), online at www.GOPCapitolPAC.org, or call 404-402-7365. The price includes the Right Brother's concert, all-you-can-eat dinner from Spiced Right BBQ, a program that includes Perdue and statewide candidates, platform speeches, the straw poll, and admission to Wild Bill's for the rest of the evening.

Green gets certification

Lorraine Green probably never thought she'd have a degree from that other university.

The environmental engineer with a master's from Georgia Tech has completed a county commissioner training program - and received a certificate from Tech's rival.

Green was one of 90 program graduates awarded a certificate of recognition during a special ceremony at the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's 2006 annual meeting in Savannah.

Through the association and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Green completed 48 hours of instruction.

"I appreciate the opportunity to have experienced this renowned program in order to provide better leadership to the residents in my district," she said.

Staff Correspondent Carole Townsend contributed to this report.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.