Suwanee creates Public Arts Commission

SUWANEE - City council members created a Suwanee Public Arts Commission on Tuesday, following a year of research and investigating the value of public art to a community. The purpose of the commission is to educate the public about arts, advise other organizations pursuing public arts projects and to solicit displays for the community and involved organizations.

While Suwanee is not the first city in the region to create a public arts commission - Lilburn has taken similar action - Mayor Dave Williams remarked that "we really value art in this city and are proud to be a leader in this area."

Appointments will be made to the commission during the April city council meeting, once Williams and council members have had a chance to solicit and consider interested volunteers. Appointees will likely serve staggered terms of an as-yet-undetermined length, according to Williams.

Police lieutenant first officer to receive Suwanee STAR Award

Lt. Cass Mooney of the Suwnee police department has been awarded the prestigious Suwanee STAR Award.

Mooney is the first award recipient chosen from the city police department. His selection was based on his installation of a state-of-the-art records management and Computer Aided Dispasoftware.

City manager Marty Allen said one of the most impressive aspects of the new system is the ability for officers to see in real time the location of police cruisers as they are moving throughout the city.

Police Chief Mike Jones said of Mooney, an 11-year employee, "I have seen him grow from a piece of coal to a diamond - he's exceptional."