Thursday, August 25, 2011

Living Honorarium Unveiling to Take Place on 9.11

The City of Duluth will host a ceremony to unveil the Living Honorarium, a monument dedicated to everyday heroes in the military, fire, and police forces who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving the American public. The event is free to the public and will include special music, keynote speakers and presentation of a commemorative coin as well as the official unveiling.

In 2005, Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter was serving as the mayor of Duluth when she envisioned the creation of a monument to living heroes. She secured private support from friends, churches and businesses and held a competition to select an artist and a concept for the tribute. Now the dream has become a reality and the artwork will be unveiled on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.

Duluth Mayor Pro Tem Greg Whitlock and Councilmembers, Commissioner Lasseter and donors to the project will be joined by active and veteran military personnel, chiefs of police and fire, police officers, firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, Duluth High School chorus and band members, Duluth High School ROTC, Primrose School preschoolers and teachers, the Inspiration Dancers and many other citizens. The public is invited to attend this event. All police, fire and military are invited as honored guests.

Duluth Town Green
3142 Hill Street
Duluth, Ga. 30096

For more information about this event or the Living Honorarium, contact Shirley Lasseter at (770) 318-4111, (770) 822-7001 or

ITS Director Receives National Certification

John Matelski, Gwinnett County’s Chief Information Officer and Information Technology Services Director, graduated from the 2010 – 2011 National Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program earlier this year. The program is offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government and GMIS International.

The Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program began in 2005 and is the first local government specific program for Chief Information Officers in the U.S. The 240-hour course is designed to cover a wide range of topics, including strategic technology planning, leadership, communication, security, legal issues and financial trends.

County Administrator Glenn Stephens said, “I am thankful that Gwinnett County has leaders who are willing to improve their skills and knowledge on their own time in order to add value to county government.”

Matelski is one of 13 public sector employees to receive the certification this year. “I am thankful for the opportunity to further my education and knowledge in this rapidly changing field and look forward to using this certification to better serve Gwinnett County,” said Matelski