FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — After being the sole qualifier for the open District 2 Forsyth County Board of Commissioners seat, Dennis Brown will be named the newest member of the board.
There will not be an election held for this seat on Nov. 7 because he’s the only finalist. However, the state will not certify the election and Brown will not start working as commissioner until after that date.
The seat opened last month after it was vacated by Rick Swope who resigned because of a career conflict.
Brown is a retired U.S. Army colonel and veteran of the Afghanistan war and has lived in the county since 1998.
During his military career, Brown received the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit for his service.
Additionally, he has more than 35 years of experience of managerial and leadership positions.
Brown is a longtime conservative activist who has served on the board of Georgia’s Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, as a delegate to the Republican convention and as treasurer of the Forsyth County Republican Party.
Currently, Brown teaches classes on terrorism and homeland security part-time at Kennesaw State University, while working to obtain his doctorate degree. He said he stepped up to be a commissioner to serve the people of District 2, which includes most of the southern portion of the county.
“I’ve seen combat zones that had better planning than the current residential communities approved over the last few years by the County Commission,” Brown said. “We need to protect what’s great about Forsyth. That means setting a mission and implementing a strategic plan to grow responsibly, shield schools from overcrowding and defend our conservative values.”
His goals for the term, which runs through December 31, 2020, are to:
• Listen to and represent the citizens’ interests
• Maintain taxes at current levels
• Control growth at reasonable levels with quality construction and a balance of residential and commercial
“I want to serve the community and people,” Brown said. “My career in the Army was about serving, so I understand selfless service. I’m not looking for congratulatory, self-serving things. It’s about the people and a greater good, and serving our county in a better manner.”
He said he wants to focus on the county’s growth explosion, school overcrowding and road projects.
“The growth’s a little out of control,” Brown said. “We haven’t completely planned for the growth we’ve encountered. We’re reactionary rather than proactive.”
Looking forward, Brown said he hopes to slow that growth, which he said might be faster than county plans and officials anticipated.
“We’re going to grow,” he said. “We just need to be sure it’s consistent with keeping the quality of life, property values up and remaining the destination of choice for people looking to move. This is a critical time in our county’s development. We need to slow down and make the right choices.”