Lilburn Living Covering Lilburn and Mountain Park Volume 29, No. 1 • JANUARY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Gwinnett Starts 2019 with County’s First Elected African American Judge Newly elected in 2018, Gwinnett State Court Judge Ronda Colvin-Leary received her gavel from State Court Judge Joseph C. Iannazzone after she was formally sworn into office. As 2019 commences Gwinnett has already made his- tory with Ronda Colvin-Leary, the county’s first elected black judge, who was sworn in this past fall, in September of last year. Verification came from the county’s Admin- istrative Office of the Courts. It’s historic twice over, because she’s also the first black official elected to any Gwinnett position as well. This 2018 milestone was a fit- ting way to help cap the recent Bicentennial of Gwinnett County, which began back in 1818. Judge Ronda Colvin-Leary has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 2001. An Alabama native, she gradu- ated from Auburn and earned her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. Before her election to the Gwinnett County State Court she was Solicitor for the City of Wind- er, GA, and ran her own law practice in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County State Court handles civil actions, misdemeanors and traffic violations.The proactive Judge Colvin-Leary likes the role of her position in the judicial system because she can address seemingly small legal issues before they escalate. “I like to think” she says, Continued on page 10 New Lilburn Police Department/Municipal Court Building underway Groundbreaking site, pictured left to right: Council member Brian Burchik, Council member Eddie Price, Mayor Johnny Crist, Council member Tim Dunn, Council member Scott Batterton, Police Chief Bruce Hedley, City Manager Bill Johnsa, and Planning Director Doug Stacks A ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Lilburn Police headquarters was held on August 13, 2018. The new facility, which will be located at 4600 Lawrenceville High- way, will be more centrally located in the city and more visible, with thousands of vehicles passing by each day. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019. There are currently fifty-five townhomes under con- struction in the downtown area with new storefronts to soon follow. Relocation of the police department to Lawrenceville Highway allows for the continued revitalization of downtown Lilburn. The move provides the opportunity for new develop- ment to help grow the downtown area as a destination.