From the Sentinel:

Voters approve bond for new police facility
By Bobby Moore
Staff Writer
A $23 million bond referendum that will fund a new public safety and municipal court building for the Douglasville Police Department was passed Tuesday by city residents by a vote of 415 to 353, a 54-percent to 46-percent margin.

The election drew 698 voters, or 4.96 percent of the city’s 14,068 registered voters.

“I’m just excited for all the Douglasville Police officers,” said Chief Joe Whisenant. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Whisenant added that the vote proves most city residents are willing to support the police department, even in tough economic times.

After the city picks a building firm, the department will be able to break ground on the 22 acres of city-owned land south of Interstate 20 that was selected as the site for the new facility.

“I’m anxious to get on with the next phase … I’d go out there tonight and dig,” Whisenant said, adding that the groundbreaking will likely happen after the start of 2009.

Once the 18-month construction project is completed, the police department will move all of its operations under one roof instead of being spread out across several antiquated, unsecured buildings which were not designed for law enforcement use.

Several ranking officers who had gathered downstairs at the Douglas County Courthouse Tuesday night joked that they needed to find moving boxes as soon as they heard final results.

Deputy Chief Chris Womack, a 19-year city police veteran, said that Tuesday was the most exciting day of his career.

“This has taken us from the Dark Ages to the new millennium of law enforcement,” Womack said.

Based on early election results, the referendum passed at every precinct except for Stewart Middle School.

Voters at Stewart also made LaShun Danley the newest member of the City Council,

Danley, the only candidate to fill the vacant Ward 3, Post 1 seat, was elected by a 97.14 percent margin. There were also three write-in votes for the council seat.

The City Council will swear Danley into office Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers.

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