LAWRENCEVILLE — Watch that lead foot.
Police across Gwinnett are expected to be out soon with radar guns, the first time in more than a year, after sanctions were lifted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs late Friday.
The move comes nearly a month after county and city officials struck a deal ending a court battle over the delivery of government services, which caused the municipal agencies to lose access to state grants and permits.
Friday evening, Gwinnett’s chairwoman and Lawrenceville and Lilburn police chiefs verified they had received word their speed enforcement permits were renewed. Officials had expected all the police agencies to receive their permits at the same time.
“Everybody should be good to go,” Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said of the notification, although his jurisdiction began using radar last month because of a procedural difference.
“We are pleased to hear that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has accepted all of the paperwork required to formalize the Service Delivery Agreement between Gwinnett County and Gwinnett’s cities,” Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said. “The agency has lifted all sanctions imposed on our local governments effective immediately, and the State Department of Public Safety has reinstated Gwinnett County Police Department’s permit to operate speed detection devices.”
Police agencies had to wait for the speed enforcement permits to be reissued until paperwork was filed and the DCA returned the “qualified local government status” to Gwinnett and its 15 cities. That was completed Friday.
“It gives me great pleasure to let you know that, per the judge’s order, Gwinnett County and municipalities have reached agreement on Service Delivery Strategy and DCA is in receipt of all the required forms and signatures. All sanctions imposed by the court are immediately lifted,” Assistant DCA COmmissioner Saralyn Stafford said in an email informing the governments of the good news. “We’d like to thank Acting County Attorney Van Stephens and GMA/Gwinnett Municipal Association Director Randy Meacham for expediting this – and all the elected officials for making it happen. We look forward to working with all of you, and hope you have a wonderful weekend.”
Last week, Angie Holt, the director of special investigations with the state Department of Public Safety, promised swift action once the sanctions were lifted.
She said all local police agencies had filed the necessary paperwork for their speed enforcement permit and would receive notice of the permit at the same time.