Cobb County Government

Open meetings provide forum for public

It isn’t difficult for the public to get involved with Cobb County government and find out what’s happening.alt

Commissioners have consistently held individual meetings in their districts to interact with interested members of the public.

Town halls enable elected officials and department heads to meet residents without the formality of the regular monthly gatherings.

"During town hall meetings, we can explain ongoing projects that may impact your part of the community and provide subject matter experts to answer your questions," Chairman Tim Lee said. "We can update you on the latest county news. We can hear your concerns or objections in person."

Each commissioner posts his or her town hall meeting schedule on individual Web pages at Board of Commissioners. These events are also listed in weekly online newsletters, which can be emailed directly to members of the public who sign up on the commissioner pages or the "News and Alerts" link on the home page,

In March alone commissioners have three meetings planned.alt

District One Commissioner Helen Goreham will have her next town hall meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the North Cobb Senior Center, 4100 Highway 293, Acworth.

District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid will host a town hall noon, Saturday, March 16, at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell.

Lee will host a town hall meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, in District Two at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. This will replace the meeting canceled in February because of illness.

Commissioners have already planned for other town hall meetings throughout the year. Next month, for example, Lee will meet in District One at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the West Cobb Senior Center while Goreham will meet 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at the Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta.

"I encourage you to keep informed about town halls as we constantly add them to the schedule," Lee said. "They are prime opportunities to help us improve the service we provide you. Join us, listen to what we have to say and share your thoughts."

Other public meetings are listed on a constantly updated online calendar available at

Various official meetings, including the Board of Commissioners and bid openings, are broadcast on government access channel Cobb TV and live streamed on the county Web site.