Meet the team tapped to tackle violent crime in Atlanta

In response to a rash of violent crime and gun violence in Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has assembled a new Anti-Violence Advisory Council.

Several names you should recognize have been put on the council, which will review the city’s plans to address violent crime and report immediate recommendations to the mayor’s office within 45 days.

The first meeting of the council will take place on Wednesday, May 19.

Here are the members of the newly formed council.

  • Sally Yates: Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General. Partner, King & Spalding Law Firm; Special Matters & Government Investigations.
  • Carol Tomé: Chief Executive Officer, UPS
  • Randall Slaughter: (Retired) Fire Chief, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department
  • Matthew Wesley Williams: President, The Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Dave Wilkinson: President & CEO, Atlanta Police Foundation
  • JP Matzigkeit: Atlanta City Councilmember, District 8
  • Andrea Boone: Atlanta City Councilmember, District 10
  • Courtney Smith: President & LPC, Midtown Neighbors Association
  • Dorthey Hurst: Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB); representing NPUs M-R. 
  • George Turner: Atlanta Hawks, (Retired) Police Chief, Atlanta Police Department
  • Michael Langford: Regional Vice President Atlanta Community Involvement Center, WestCare Foundation
  • Joycelyn Wilson, Ph.D.: Georgia Tech, (Hip Hop & Media Studies)
  • Renata Turner: Presiding Judge, Fulton County Juvenile Court
  • Deborah Scott: CEO, Georgia Stand Up

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