Since first taking office in 2011, I have made it a priority to find ways to involve a wide variety of Gwinnett residents in county government. It started out with a program called Volunteer Gwinnett that had a goal of engaging residents in meaningful way to help Gwinnett County provide essential services. Now we have a robust and growing community outreach program.

With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, Gwinnett’s older adult population continues to grow. In fact, residents over the age of 65 numbered about 80,000 in 2015, a 45 percent jump from just five years earlier.

With the arrival of cooler weather, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy Gwinnett County’s outstanding parks. There’s truly something for everyone. 

We’ve come a long way since Maj. Gen. Allen Daniel, of the Georgia Militia’s 4th Division, issued orders for a new and better fort to be built at Hog Mountain in October 1813. Gwinnett County was established five years later in 1818 and our residents have been making things new and better ever since. 

My fellow commissioners and I often talk about our vision for Gwinnett County’s future. One of our shared goals is to make Gwinnett a place where our children and grandchildren will want to live, work, learn, and play.