The Decatur Minute highlights information about City of Decatur events, shops, restaurants, businesses, activities, volunteer opportunities, and more. Designed to be read in a quick Decatur Minute, it invites responses and interactions from the blogging community.
Special Events Coordinator
Katie is the Special Events Coordinator and also handles all of the film permitting for the City. She blogs about events, filming, and anything that strikes her fancy. Katie and her husband, Mark have two young children and love spending time exploring all that Decatur has to offer
Chief, Civic Engagement, Education & Communication
Linda blogs about opportunities to build community and ways to be involved and engaged along with miscellaneous events and happenings that catch her eye. She is an avid reader and arts advocate and loves to brag about taking her grandchildren to Decatur shops and restaurants. She also blogs on DecaturGATourism.com.
Economic Development Coordinator
Catherine works in the community and economic development department and blogs about local business news and transportation updates. She enjoys eating at Decatur’s restaurants way too much and loves to shop at the local boutiques around town. She also blogs on DecaturGATourism.com as part of the AsianCajuns.
John Maximuk, AICP
Director of Design, Environment & Construction
Everything that gets built in Decatur must first be reviewed, permitted and inspected. It is the Design, Environment & Construction Division’s job to make sure these things get done. John has served as the City’s first Division Director since July 2013. He contributes to the Decatur Minute from time to time on current development and development impacts that affect daily activities in Decatur.
Assistant City Manager for Community & Economic Development
Lyn has worked on community and economic development in the City of Decatur for 30 + years. She and her husband recently downsized to a smaller home even closer to downtown Decatur and she planned an “all Decatur” wedding for her younger daughter all in the same year! A lifelong gardener and book lover, Lyn blogs about the empty nester lifestyle, ideas for aging in place and her goal of living a simpler life all within the four square miles of Decatur.
Budget & Performance Measurement Manager
Meredith works in the city manager’s office and blogs about the budget and other numbers related topics. She has a passion for preparedness which she likes to share through blogs about emergency management.
Lt. Jennifer Ross
Community Information and Education Officer
Jennifer functions as the police department’s public information officer and community relations officer. In this role she manages crime prevention and public education efforts by hosting and developing presentations and classes for the community, based on its needs. Jennifer started with the Decatur Police Department in 1996 and has served as a communications officer, patrol officer, business district officer, child safety advocate and investigator (though not all at the same time). She supervised the Criminal Investigation Division from 2009 to 2013. An alumnae of the 2012-2013 ADL Glass Leadership Institute class, Jennifer received the Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award in 2004.
Public Information Officer
As the city’s first public information officer, Casie oversees the Decatur Minute blog, edits the Decatur Focus and serves as the first point of contact for reporters. She blogs mainly about breaking city news. An unrepentant news junkie, Casie wakes up every day grateful that her job requires her to read and watch everything.