Tucker City Council honors retiring police chief
By Cathi Harris, contributor
The Tucker City Council Monday night honored retiring DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy for his long service as a county police officer and his work with the newly incorporated city as they negotiated an intergovernmental public safety agreement with the county.
“He let us know that he really cared and was directly involved in the negotiations to be sure that we had what we needed,” Mayor Frank Auman said at the meeting.
To honor his service, the mayor and council declared that April 30, 2019 — his official date of retirement — will be Chief James Conroy Day in the City of Tucker.
Conroy retires after six years as the DeKalb County chief of police and 30 years as an officer with the department.
The council also recognized the promotions of DeKalb County Assistant Chief of Police Greg Padrick, who was promoted to the position of assistant chief in charge of the uniformed division from his position as commander in charge of the Tucker police precinct, and DeKalb Police Maj. Craig Medlin, who will now be in command of the precinct.
In other business, the council:
– Issued a proclamation honoring Lois Ricci and Guy Van Ort of the Tucker Civic Association for their work promoting Georgia’s Yellow Dot program.
– Amended its purchasing policy and adopted it as the city’s current centralized purchasing system, as required by the city’s charter.
– Approved a contract for $97,000 with West Georgia Lighting for the installation of new lights for the tennis courts at Henderson Park.
– Approved a contract for $55,846.60 with BM&K Construction and Engineering for construction, engineering and inspection services for the remaining street resurfacing projects for this year.
– Approved a contract for $51,205 with Lowe Engineers for design and engineering services for the future installation of a sidewalk along Idlewood Road from just south of Tucker Middle School to Lawrenceville Highway.