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Officials plan for former police chief’s funeral

Avondale Estates Metro ATL

Officials plan for former police chief’s funeral

FILE PHOTO USED FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES: DeKalb County Police vehicles. Source: DeKalb County Police Department
DeKalb County Police vehicles. Source: DeKalb County Police Department

DeKalb County Police vehicles. Source: DeKalb County Police Department

Avondale Estates officials are planning for the traffic that’s expected to surround the funeral of former DeKalb County Police Chief Robert “Bobby” Burgess.

The funeral will be held June 10.

Burgess passed away on June 6 at the age of 83, according to his obituary. He had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for 45 years before his retirement.

His obituary says, “He was ultra conservative, loved America and DeKalb County and never lived more than 3 miles from the DeKalb County Court House.”

DeKalb County published statements by current and former officials reflecting on the passing of the former police chief.

“Bobby Burgess was a good man whose life was guided by a deep and abiding faith and a commitment to public service,” Interim CEO Lee May said. “His incredible 45 years in DeKalb County spanned five decades. He meant a great deal to us all and served as an inspiration with his ongoing efforts to give back and improve his community, about which he cared so deeply.”

The city of Avondale Estates sent out a notice to drivers to avoid the area around Avondale Estates First Baptist Church at 47 Covington Road, from 10 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday, June 10.

“We ask that those nearby use Kensington Road or Lakeshore Drive to access Covington Highway during those times,” the announcement from the city says. “Both DeKalb and Avondale officers will be conducting traffic control for this event.”

Here are the statements about Burgess from the other DeKalb County officials:

“Former Police Chief Burgess set the standard he was a true servant-leader and he leaves a legacy of dedicated service not only to the police department but to the citizens of DeKalb County.” – Presiding Officer and District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson

“Bobby Burgess was a hands-on leader who cared deeply about DeKalb County. Throughout his years of service he was always full of energy and willing to do whatever was needed to keep DeKalb residents safe. He was a tremendous community servant who will be sorely missed.” – District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer

“I met Bobby Burgess in 1973, when he was a major and well on his way up the chain of command in the DeKalb County Police Department. He was a natural leader who ran a tight ship. He always fought to ensure that DeKalb County had the best-equipped police force. My thoughts and prayers remain with his family during this difficult time.” – Former DeKalb CEO Liane Levetan