ATLANTA — After spending the weekend here for a conference with city leaders from across the state, Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen said Monday the city needs a few more positions to better serve “the citizens of Warner Robins.”
Shaheen, in the first few months of his term, said he’s got “three to five” jobs in mind. He was mum on the details, saying the topic will be discussed in March, when he and the Warner Robins City Council plan to hold a retreat to talk about city business.
“Let me just say, we’re just realizing that we want to have the right people in the right positions,” Shaheen said Monday, shortly before a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the Hilton Atlanta downtown hotel.
Shaheen and the full council, as well as City Attorney Jim Elliott, spent the weekend in Atlanta for the annual Georgia Municipal Association “Mayors’ Day Conference.” The association lobbies on behalf of Georgia cities and provides training for municipal officials. Shaheen, who won his first elected office late last year, said he didn’t “know how you can run a city without tapping into this resource.”
He also said Warner Robins brought more elected officials to the conference than any other city in the state. He said he learned “a tremendous amount” during the weekend’s breakout sessions about open records laws, as well as about public safety, and the need to keep communication lines open with state officials.
Shaheen also said he wants Warner Robins to become a certified city of ethics, a process that requires ethical standards for elected officials that meet GMA’s approval. It also requires that a process be put in place to investigate and resolve ethical lapses.
To contact writer Travis Fain call 361-2702.