Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
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County names new toptechnology chief
DeKalb County CEO
as the county’s newchief informa-
and director of informationtechnology.Matelski,who currentlyis the chief in-
cer and direc-tor of Informa-tion Technology(IT) Servicesfor Gwinnett County, has morethan 25 years of professional ITexperience.Previously, he spent 11 yearsas the city of Orlando’s deputy
chief information ofcer andchief security ofcer. Matelski
has also served as the
man-agement information systemoperation director and senior network engineer for ColemanResearch Corporation, whichcontracted with the Departmentof Energy, NASA, Mobil Oiland others.“Matelski is known for managing a service-orientedteam that delivers exemplarycustomer service, education,troubleshooting and issue reso-lution with expertise and con-sideration,” Ellis said.Matelski graduated summacum laude from Arizona StateUniversity with bachelor of sci-ence and MBA degrees. Hisnew position is effective Sept.24.
DeKalb Animal Servicesgets new deputy director
DeKalb County CEO
to serve as director of Animal Services and En-forcement effective Oct. 1.Rawls served at the Young-Williams Animal Center inKnoxville, Tenn. as the shelter operations director and humanresources and compliance co-ordinator. Previously, Rawlsserved as the director of animalservices for Citrus County,Fla., and Brevard County, Fla.,as well as vice president for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.“Rawls brings more than25 years of progressively re-sponsible animal welfare ex- perience with her to DeKalbCounty,” Ellis said. “With her proven track record of success-ful programs based on externalaudits and satisfaction surveysas well as her commitment tothe health and wellbeing of animals, I am excited that sheis joining us in this critical ca- pacity.”In addition, Rawls served as president for the Florida Ani-mal Control Association andremains involved in the Societyof Animal Welfare Administra-tion, the Humane Society of theUnited States and the AmericanSociety of Prevention of Cru-elty to Animals.
Woman sentenced to 20years for theft at church
A woman was sentenced to20 years and ordered to repay$143,955 to Dunwoody BaptistChurch for funds stolen be-tween 2006 and 2009.On Sept. 21, Judge
’s guilty plea to four counts of theft by taking.Padgett will spend three yearsin prison and the remainder of her 20-year sentence on proba-tion.“The defendant knowinglyand willfully deceived her for-mer employer and stole morethan $140,000 over a three year period,” said DeKalb CountyDistrict Attorney
. “We are encouraged bythe outcome of this case and by the prospect that the parish-ioners of Dunwoody BaptistChurch will recoup a portionof the funds stolen by PatriciaPadgett.”Padgett was the former ac-counts payable manager for Dunwoody Baptist Church. Shewas responsible for collectingthe income from the church’svarious activities, includingcash collected at Sunday ser-vices, the day care facility, the
tness facility, and mission
trips. Padgett’s duties includeddepositing that money in thechurch’s bank account.Assistant District Attorney
served as lead prosecutor.
Suspect shot in attemptedbank robbery
A man was shot when he pulled out a toy gun during anattempted bank robbery Sept.19.The incident occurred atCitizens Trust Bank at 2592 S.Hairston Road shortly after the bank opened.According to the DeKalbCounty Police Department, “asuspect armed with what ap- peared to be a handgun enteredthe bank, aggressively makingdemands of the employees andcustomers already present.”“An armed security guardemployed by the bank con-fronted the suspect,” accord-ing to Lt.
, of theDeKalb County Police Depart-ment. “The suspect made anaggressive movement toward
the guard and the guard red
multiple shots at the suspect.The suspect was struck in theknee. He was taken into custo-dy and has been transported toa local hospital for treatment.”A bank employee was hit bydebris or shrapnel during theincident. She has been treatedand released from the hospital,according to the police state-ment.The incident is being inves-tigated by the Federal Bureauof Investigation, which willrelease the suspect’s identity
when federal charges are led.
Johnson recognized forcontribution
(D-Ga)received the Vanguard Awardfrom the Movement is LifeSteering Committee at the 2012Caucus on Arthritis & Muscu-loskeletal Health Disparities.Johnson received the awardat the group’s annual confer-ence in Washington for hisdedication to health care reformand reducing health disparities,“Having access to qual-ity care when dealing withmy own health issues, I think everyone deserves the right toquality, affordable healthcare,”said Johnson, who fought and beat hepatitis C. “It’s the mis-sion of Movement is Life thatmakes a difference in the livesof individuals and their families battling health issues related toobesity. I’m proud to receivethis honor.”Johnson was the southeastregional whip during the pushfor President
’sAffordable Care Act (ACA) in2010, which is designed to in-sure 30 million Americans.“The entire group thanksCongressman Johnson for helping to pass the Afford-able Care Act and closing thehealth gap,” the Caucus statedin a media release. “The ACAis a major part of what Move-ment is Life is working toward.Besides providing access toquality healthcare for our un-derserved communities, it also provides new opportunities for community intervention pro-grams that many of our stake-holders hope to participate in aswe move forward.”
DCSD uses federalgrant money tosend administratorsback to school
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comThe DeKalb County School District (DCSD)is planning to send several administrators back to college using Race to the Top grants.DeKalb schools spokesman
said the district is using approximately$345,000 in Race to the Top leadership devel-
opment funds, which are specically designat-
ed for such training.“This is part of a larger program that willhelp provide leadership and development train-ing to more than 200 employees,” Dickersonsaid.Dickerson said the funds, which are a frac-tion of the approximately $34 million in Raceto the Top money the district will receive over the next few years, will be used to send eightadministrators to Mercer University.“It’s an experiment but it’s an interestingone,” Dickerson said.Each staff member attending the programhas been an administrator for more than 10years, Dickerson said. The program at Mercer is tailored for DeKalb County school adminis-
trators and is specic to the district, which will benet both the administrators as well as those
teaching them.“It helps the researchers focus on training
educators in a way that’s specic for the school
district,” Dickerson said.
, dean of the Tift College of Education and a professor at Mercer, said theadministrators are enrolled in a Ph. D. programin educational leadership, which focuses oncurrent trends and research worldwide.“It’s heavily research based and the studentsin it will be mixing with administrators fromother districts because that’s the best way for them to learn from each other,” Martray said.Martray said the program started as an edu-cational leadership master’s program, which blossomed into the Ph. D. program approxi-mately seven years ago. Over the three years,Martray said, the DCSD administrators willhave the chance to work with each other on aregular basis, in some cases collaborating onresearch projects that relate directly to DCSD.“We’ve had very good success with it sofar,” Martray said.