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Here are some of the issues currently facing our city.

City Employee Retention

Strategies need to be examined to address the high turnover rate among city employees.

When you do not have experienced staff, the quality of services delivered to residents can suffer.

Longevity incentives should be considered to encourage good employees to stay with the city.

And above all, no elected official should ever interfere with city operations creating a negative work environment, as written in the city charter..

Law Enforcement Support

The Douglasville Police Department works tirelessly to address crimes committed in our community, and works toward preventing criminal acts, as well.

While no community is immune to crime, it is important that our police department receives the resources needed to carry out their function, without interference from elected officials.

Recruitment of new officers and retention of existing officers is an ongoing process and requires our constant support.

I am proud to have been recognized by the Douglasville Police Department for my support of their programs during the time I was on the city council. I am also an alumnus of the Douglasville Police Department’s Citizen Law Enforcement Academy.

Economic Development

Economic Development is a broad topic and is usually referred to in the context of attracting employers to our community.

There are many things to keep in mind when it comes to economic development activity:

  • What impacts do these new developments have on roads and residential areas?
  • is the local labor pool sufficient to fill these new jobs?
  • Are all areas of the city being treated the same?
  • How are small businesses being treated?
  • the list goes on...

I am proud to have completed the Regional Economic & Leadership Development Program through the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, and received the Economic Development Finance Professional certification from the National Development Council. I will put these learnings to work in examining smart growth in our city.

Richard Segal for Mayor of Douglasville
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