Jeff Rader

Local
5:16 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

DeKalb’s New Public Safety Leader’s Mandate: Cut the Budget

DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander (front) with DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May at a press conference on December 17.
Credit Lisa George/WABE

DeKalb County’s Police Chief has just been promoted to an administrative job overseeing not only police but all public safety functions.

At least in the eyes of one county commissioner, an indication of Cedric Alexander’s performance in his new post will be how much money he can save.

In announcing Alexander’s promotion Thursday to Deputy Chief Operating Officer in charge of Public Safety, interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May said, “What we have here today is a unified front with the Board of Commissioners and the Office of the CEO in lockstep on this.”

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DeKalb County
6:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

DeKalb Commissioner Questions Plan For More Police, Fire Hires

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

A DeKalb County Commissioner is skeptical of a proposal from Interim CEO Lee May to hire 480 new police officers and 300 new fire fighters over the next three years.   

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader says he’s not opposed to hiring hundreds of new police officers and firefighters, but he says he needs to see evidence that doing so is worth the price.

“I want to see something besides more police on the street. I’d like to see some tangible benefit to the public before spending a lot of money on something,” Rader says.

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Politics
12:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

DeKalb Commission to Make Tough Budget Decisions

DeKalb County Commissioners will face tough choices as they begin weighing how to balance the 2013 budget Tuesday. 

As a result of declining property tax revenue and the incorporation of the city of Brookhaven, commissioners will have to consider spending cuts or a potential property tax rate increase proposed by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis. The 1.9 percent millage rate increase would cost almost $49 more per year for owners of a $200,000 home. But Commissioner Jeff Rader is hoping to avoid that increase.

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Local
12:57 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Commissioner Says DeKalb Needs Fewer, Not More, Police

Jeff Rader represents DeKalb County's 2nd District.
Credit Courtesy: CrossRoads News

A tax increase is part of DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’s 2013 budget plan as is the addition of 25 more police officers.    

But at least one commissioner says DeKalb needs fewer—not more—police. 

Commissioner Jeff Rader says unincorporated DeKalb County is a lot smaller than it used to be, especially since Brookhaven is now its own city.

“We need to downsize the organizations that provide those services so that we can start to realize some savings,” Rader says.

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