May is National Drug Court Awareness Month, so I’d like to use this opportunity to recognize all the hardworking folks like treatment courts director Priscilla Daniels and many others who make our eight accountability courts work.

The practice of holding town hall meetings dates back to colonial America and is one that continues at all levels of government today. The district commissioners and I see these forums as an opportunity for every day residents to share what’s on their mind with elected officials. So in keeping with tradition, we started another series of meetings in March. A total of four will be held this spring.

Preparing my annual State of County speech is always a chance to reflect on what’s great about Gwinnett County. Here are some of this year’s thoughts.

Energy efficiency. Water conservation. Green buildings. Reducing the impact on our water, air, and land. Environmental sustainability means all of these things and more.