Suwanee municipal court honored for innovation

SUWANEE — Suwanee’s municipal court has been named “Program of the Year” by the Georgia Council of Court Administrators.

Suwanee court employees rolled out for city use a new “paperless system” software manufactured by Syscon Software.

“Many of the functions the software now has are a direct result of Suwanee’s involvement,” said city clerk Elvira Rogers. “We are the first entirely paperless court in the state.”

Court services administrator Mariza Abdeljawad was nominated for and won Georgia Court Clerk of the Year for her work and commitment to the paperless project.

President of the Georgia Council of Court Administrators Marla Moore said Tuesday that the innovative initiative in Suwanee has resulted in cost savings, better customer service and fewer errors. Moore presented a plaque to Chief Judge Mark Lewis in honor of the achievement; Lewis promptly gave the award to Abdeljawad, saying that the staff’s hard work should be recognized for the achievement.

“Everybody’s attitude was great, even during the learning curve, and I appreciate it,” said Lewis.

“This is a dream come true,” said Abdeljawad. “Our life has changed completely.”

FY 2010 Audit complete

Results of the city’s Fiscal year 2010 audit were presented to Mayor Dave Williams and city council members Tuesday evening.

Joel Black of Mauldin and Jenkins certified public accountants said “the city has a healthy fund balance.” Though he also noted that property tax revenue is down slightly from the previous year, he said Suwanee’s position is healthy and its accounting practices are practically flawless.