Category Archives: Government

Board members needed for new Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreational Authority

The youth and adult sports programs currently operated by Bainbridge Leisure Services will be operated by a joint Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreational Authority starting January 1, 2017. The Recreational Authority will be up and running in a planning and preparation mode starting July 1 of this year, and Decatur County government will begin collecting and setting aside money for the… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners appoint interim county administrator

Decatur County commissioners appointed Bainbridge CPA Perry L. Henry as the county’s interim county administrator on Tuesday night. Outgoing administrator Gary Breedlove’s last day will be Thursday, April 30. Board of Commissioners Chairman Dennis Brinson emphasized Henry’s appointment would only be temporary, while county commissioners search for a permanent administrator. Applications for the position of Decatur County administrator… Read More »

Bainbridge inmates returning to Decatur County Jail

Five years after the City of Bainbridge decided not to renew its contract with the Decatur County Jail, negotiations are underway to return the city’s inmates to Bainbridge. The City of Bainbridge signed a contract with the Pelham City Jail in July 2010 to house city inmates there. Currently, Bainbridge Public Safety sends people who are arrested for… Read More »

Governor Deal: ‘Wait is over’ for families in need of cannabis oil

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed HB 1, legislation that permits the use of medical cannabis oil to treat certain conditions. The law took effect immediately upon Deal’s signature. Deal signed an executive order last month instructing state agencies, physicians and law enforcement officials to prepare for the law’s enactment. “For the families enduring separation and patients suffering pain,… Read More »

Phase 2 of Faceville/Attapulgus Road Resurfacing Complete in Decatur County

Decatur County, Georgia – April 9, 2015 – We are glad to announce the residents and travelers along Faceville/Attapulgus Road will enjoy a smoother, wider roadway! Decatur County Public Works Department completed Phase 2 of this project, which involved widening the road two feet on each side, and leveling and resurfacing 2.8 miles from the city limits of… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners discuss search for new county administrator

Decatur County commissioners have begun the process of looking for a new county administrator to succeed Gary Breedlove, whose resignation takes effect on April 30. Dennis Brinson, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said an advertisement seeking applications for the position of Decatur County Administrator has been published in The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight and on Decatur County’s official website.… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to hold work session on County Prison; regular meeting is Tuesday AM

The Decatur County Board of Commissioners will hold a DCCI (Decatur County Correctional Institute) work session on Monday, April 13th at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton Street. The Decatur County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, April 14 at 9 a.m. at the County… Read More »

Decatur County administrator Gary Breedlove to resign

Col. Gary Breedlove announced Wednesday that he will resign, effective April 30, 2015. Breedlove released the following statement to county department heads and employees: Fellow Team Members, the BOC, through Chairman Dennis Brinson, and I have agreed to a “contract separation agreement”, and I will serve through April 30, 2015. Under the current circumstances, I believe this is… Read More »

Decatur County administrator says he opposes service delivery agreement

Decatur County Administrator Gary Breedlove has made no secret of the fact that he does not agree with the outcome of the service delivery negotiations. Breedlove invited county department heads and constitutional officers to an impromptu presentation he made in commissioners’ meeting room at 6 p.m. on March 24, an hour before commissioners’ regular meeting. While we were… Read More »

Bainbridge, Decatur County leaders comment on service delivery agreement that could raise taxes (+ Videos)

In March 2015, The City of Bainbridge and Decatur County governments reached an agreement on service delivery after two days of court-ordered mediation at the County Courthouse. The agreement was ratified by the Bainbridge City Council by a 6-0 unanimous vote. In a separate agreement was ratified by the Decatur County Board of Commissioners by a 5-1 vote.… Read More »

Are Decatur County taxes set to go way up?

View image | Will Decatur County property taxes see a sharp increase? Decatur County government officials are currently debating whether or not the county’s millage rate, which affects property tax, will have to be raised significantly to meet the county’s obligations in an agreement recently made with the City of Bainbridge. There are several parts of the… Read More »

Prison guards tell Decatur County Commissioners, ‘don’t shut us down’

A large group of Decatur County Correctional Institute guards showed up to county commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday night, to question why they were the target of scrutiny following an agreement between the county government and the City of Bainbridge. According to county officials, DCCI had an annual operating loss of approximately $2.1 million last year (revenue – expenses).… Read More »

Georgia DOT Launches New Website

ATLANTA – Beginning today, users of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) website will experience something new – a redesigned, clear and concise website that is easy to navigate not only on computers, but also on mobile devices. A new theme – TravelSmart – represents the Department’s goals of ensuring safe and efficient travel by applying innovative engineering… Read More »

Bainbridge & Decatur Co. leaders approve service delivery strategy; new recreation authority to be set up

At two separate meetings on Thursday night, elected officials from both the City of Bainbridge and Decatur County governments approved a service delivery strategy document. The agreement comes after leaders from both local governments participated in court-ordered mediation for two days at the Decatur County Courthouse. Perhaps the biggest change outlined in the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) is… Read More »

Bainbridge, Decatur County leaders to announce resolution after two days of mediation

City of Bainbridge and Decatur County officials have been meeting for two days at the Decatur County Courthouse, as part of a court-ordered mediation to resolve service delivery issues. The State of Georgia requires each county’s local governments to maintain a service delivery agreement that spells out which services each government is to provide and who is responsible… Read More »

New natural gas line to serve growing businesses at Decatur Co. Industrial Park

A crew is hard at work installing a new six-inch diameter pipe that will carry natural gas to several growing businesses at the Decatur County Industrial Air Park off U.S. 27 North, about 7 miles north of Bainbridge. Currently, the businesses located at the Industrial Air Park–which is a local airport surrounded by industry and open land–have access… Read More »