The Union Recorder

Election 2013

October 24, 2013

District 1 Q&A: Dr. Collinda Lee

Incumbent Dr. Collinda Lee, District 1, is running unopposed in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.

Dr. Collinda Lee

City Council District 1 incumbent Dr. Collinda Lee is a native of Milledgeville. She attended school at Georgia College, Savannah State University, Fort Valley State University, Troy State University and Argosy University. She is employed with the Baldwin County Board of Education as a special education coordinator. She has served on City Council for four years and as Mayor Pro-Tem one year.

Why should citizens of your district vote for you?

How would you define your job as mayor/councilman/councilwoman?
Defining my role as a City Councilwoman would be serving as a public official elected to represent a district (1) in the City of Milledgeville also known as a municipal governing body. The responsibilities generally involve determining city government procedures, administrating policies and adopting budgets and legislation. Also serving as a City Council member, I spend time meeting with citizens, the people and representatives of groups affected by city government. Overall, a clear definition would be “doing the right thing in order to make the right decisions for everyone.”

Will you support allowing a unification measure to go to ballot for citizens to decide — yes or no? Please explain your answer.
When you vote you exercise a right given to you as a citizen of the United States. You, the people, have the power to help decide on leaders of the country, Council members and etc. ... Voting is a right, and with it comes responsibilities. Therefore, the question was raised “will I support allowing a unification measure to go to ballot for citizens to decide?” It was the people who placed me in this government office and it is the people who are keeping me in office. It is understood that it is the PEOPLE who elected me as District 1 representative not Collinda electing herself into office. Therefore, I will continue to listen to the people and adhere to the people’s needs.

How will you implement your vision for Milledgeville?
Implementation of my vision for the City of Milledgeville would be through growth strategy, economic and social procedures, which in turns would be a long-term plan, goal and commitment for sustainability. Issues to vision:
Coordinate and encourage economic development.
Protect and enhance the environment.
Strengthen governance and build relationships.
Strengthen social structure supporting community needs.
economic development
lifestyle and community
affordable housing
health and safety
culture and heritage

What should the city do to address emergency service issues/concerns with the county?
Both the city and county should continue to plan and organize steps that need to be taken in order that we make it easier for people in time of emotional stress to contact the proper emergency agency. This is not a power struggle event between the city and county governments. An important advantage and implementation of 911 emergency services should be to improve (reduced) response time.

Do you feel the city’s ethics policy makes a strong enough statement? Should changes be made to the policy?
The City’s ethics policy makes a strong statement. This policy attempts to bring awareness about ethical issues at this local level, which provides a selected board for the airing resolution of legitimate concerns. The use of a local ethics ordinance allows citizens to raise their concerns and participate with the ethics investigation process at the local level, where the voice and influence of the individual resident is strongest. At this point, no one has consulted me of any wanted changes.
What, if anything, do you feel the city should have done differently in handling its first ethics complaint under the new policy?
Considering this was the first complaint under the new ethic policy, I feel the process was effective. First, the ethics committee determined if the complaint was valid. Then the ethic committee had 60 days to investigate the situation following one or more hearings to present evidence and testimony. Conclusively, the board would make a decision and present to the mayor and council their findings.

How can city officials strengthen communication between city and county leaders and departments?
Both City and County leaders can implement effective communication skills, which inspires us to become better individuals with understanding a person or situation. Effective communication enables us to resolve differences, build trust and respect, which creates caring environments. Listening, nonverbal communication and emotional awareness are great components for strengthening communication between the city and county.
Successful listening is not just understanding the words or the information being communicated, but it’s understanding how the speaker feels about what is being communicated.

As a member of Council, how will you support the Central State Hospital redevelopment efforts?
I will do all that is possible as for supporting and with getting Central State Hospital back in full force. This project is promising for the community. The city has for two years given funds for redevelopment efforts.

What is your view of the chain of command in city government and who holds city officials accountable?
I believe the chain of command in city government is an orderly and effective management tool. This process delegates authority from top management to every person at every level of the organization. Who holds city officials accountable: the people of Milledgeville, Ga.

How will you support the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Communiversity project at the former Shaw building and what other efforts can be made to retain young professionals in this community after they graduate?
The city has already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) assigning the Development Authority as the Shaw lease conduit. I will continue to promote and talk up this project for developing careers in the educational and entrepreneurial attributes.
Hopefully, the Shaw project would be a foundation for persuading other demanding redevelopment efforts to come and establish their business or industry. To offer incentives of interest for retaining young professionals in this community would be a motivator and asset for the City of Milledgeville.

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