Public Safety

David believes that ensuring public safety should be the Commission’s top priority, and he is troubled by the headlines about violent crime in Athens that seem to grace the newspaper daily.   As Commissioner, David will take a leadership role to ensure that the criminal justice system runs efficiently and effectively, and that law enforcement has every available tool to protect Athens.

Last year, the Commission proposed creating a Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.  Despite increased crime, the Commission did not fund this Committee.  With his legal background, David understands the Criminal Justice System and can serve this same function at no extra cost to the taxpayers.  David will lend whatever assistance the courts, law enforcement and prosecutors need to keep our community safe.

From his position on the Commission, David will lend whatever assistance the courts, law enforcement and prosecutors need to keep our streets safe.

David supports criminal justice reforms such as drug and mental health courts.  Accountability courts emphasize treatment, intense supervision, stable employment and personal responsibility.  These cost-effective initiatives reduce the taxpayers’ burden and frees up space in jail for violent or repeat offenders.

Finally, David will support our local firefighters.  In particular, David is concerned that a ladder-company was almost laid off in this most recent budget.  As Commissioner, David will also seek to increase medical training and supplies for our firefighters. Firefighters are dispatched to the most serious motor vehicle accidents and many other incidents involving serious trauma; however, not all Fire Stations have basic immobilization equipment and trauma kits.  Furthermore,  ACC Fire and Emergency Services has no medical director, and David believes that the Commission should install a medical director for this critical department.