LAWRENCEVILLE - A judge, a former county chairman, a former county administrator, three planning commissioners and a host of residents and business leaders will study Gwinnett's budget woes.
A list of the 42-member Engage Gwinnett Citizens Committee was released Wednesday.
The group, which includes Magistrate Judge George Hutchinson, former Chairman Bill Atkinson and former County Administrator Charlotte Nash, will begin meeting next month for a six-month study on the county's services and finances.
The committee, led by Bill McCargo and Mike Levengood, was created after public outcries first over a proposed budget increase and then, after that was defeated, cuts to county services.
"Engage Gwinnett is an opportunity to inform county citizens about how the county budget works, including revenues and mandated expenses, and get their views on how government should prioritize county services and spend tax dollars," McCargo said. "Our objectives are to serve as a collaborative group targeting both broad-based and specific constituency groups and audiences to offer a means to help citizens understand complex problems and engage those who normally don't become involved in policy debates.
"The constituency or stakeholder groups were identified as a 'broad stroke' attempt to ensure that the committee was a general reflection of our community. Now that we have the publicly self-selected members, we feel good about beginning our educational and citizen-led public involvement process."
Information about the study can be found at www.engagegwinnett.com, and residents will be allowed to submit feedback at the site.
SideBar: Engage Gwinnett Citizens Committee Members
Stakeholder Group, Representative
District 1, Kelly Kelkenberg
District 2, Kevin Kovalchik
District 3, Bob Griggs
District 4, Jeff Mahaffey
HOA, Paula Hastings
Citizens for Responsible Government, Lan Nguyen
FreedomWorks, Julianne Thompson
Environmentalist, Carol Hassell
Not-for-profits, Demetrius Jordan
Unity Gwinnett, Herman Pennamon
Asian Community, Cookie Lee
Hispanic Community, Jose Perez
Faith-Based, Norwood Davis
Young Professionals, Asif Jessani
Seniors, Bill Atkinson
Rotary, Scott LeCraw
Gwinnett Municipal Association, Randy Meacham
BOE, Rick Cost
Post Secondary, Julie Post
Community Improvement Districts, Chuck Warbington
Hospital System, David McClesky
Partnership Gwinnett, Mark Tibbetts
Council for Quality Growth, Michael Sullivan
State Delegation, Charles Swain
Constitutional Officers, Jim Pack
Courts, George Hutchinson
DA and Solicitor, Charlotte Nash
Athletic Association, Chris Whitlock
Small Business, Dave McMullen
Large Employer, Renee Byrd-Lewis
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Millicent Crawford, Duluth
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Dick Goodman, Suwanee
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Dan King, Duluth
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Paula Krone, Norcross
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Laurie McClain, Suwanee
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Jack Mason, Buford
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Keith Roche, Lawrenceville
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Keith Shewbert, Norcross
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Kip Stokes, Auburn
Publicly Self-Selected Citizen Representative, Glen Williams, Snellville