Fulton County chair on pandemic recovery, ‘Cop City’ and overcrowding at jail
Fulton County is Georgia’s most populous county and continues to experience rapid growth.
In the aftermath of the pandemic, just like several other counties across the country, Fulton County leaders have had to shift to meet the needs of their constituents.
On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts discussed several topics, including elections, affordable housing, how the county is working to increase access to medical care following the closure of two local hospitals and the county’s plan to renovate the its current police training facility.
“The current facility is dilapidated,” said Chairman Pitts. “When it rains, any kind of problem that you can think you of with an older facility, we’ve experienced at this facility. So, we are acquiring an adjacent facility. It’s all a part of our redevelopment efforts in south Fulton County.”
During the conversation, Pitts also offered insight about why he’s not in favor of building a new jail in Fulton County and the reason why he believes the current jail is overcrowded.
“I do not support building a new $2 billion jail,” explained Pitts. “I’m the outlier on this, it’s seven of us—and I’ll admit my colleagues see it differently, as does my friend, the sheriff.”