Birrell sworn in to third term as Cobb commissioner

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Cobb County District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell took the oath of office for her third term on Dec. 19 at Piedmont Church in Marietta.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Ann Harris administered the oath with Birrell’s husband Dave holding their family Bible.

The event occurred in conjunction with Northeast Cobb Business Association’s December luncheon.

Birrell, a 23-year resident of the county, previously has served in numerous community organizations, including as past chair of Keep Cobb Beautiful and the Neighborhood Safety Commission.

During her first term, Birrell initiated the Keep It in Cobb Program and established the Canton Road Redevelopment Committee.

She also worked with county staff to change the purchasing ordinance to include a local vendor presence clause and launch the How to Do Business with Cobb seminars where business owners can learn how to become a vendor with the county and meet county representatives who make purchasing decisions.

During her second term, Birrell continued to work on revitalization and economic development opportunities, according to her county website page.

Of the 17 redevelopment sites in District 3, only three sites remain on the list.

Birrell co-chaired the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus concert at Lassiter Concert Hall on Veterans Day.

With financial assistance from Superior Plumbing, she also launched Superior Pets for Patriotic Vets to pair homeless Cobb County Animal Shelter pets with military veterans.

In 2018, Birrell was on the steering committee to honor Vietnam Veterans on the 50th Anniversary in Cobb.

The Birrells are members of the Catholic Church of St. Ann in Marietta where they serve as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and volunteers for Meals on Wheels.

She also served as a board member of the McCleskey/East Cobb YMCA from 2012-15.

Currently, Birrell serves on the board of the Lance Corporal Skip Wells Foundation in memory of Wells.

Birrell received the Elected Official of the Year Award from Keep Georgia Beautiful in 2017, the American Business Women Association’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2016, the ACCG Revenue & Finance Policy Committee Chair Award in 2015 and Vice Chair Award in 2014, the Northeast Cobb Business Association (NCBA) Person of the Year Award in 2014, the Trumpet Award from Cobb County Republican Women’s Club in 2014, the 2008 Keep Cobb Beautiful Environmental Leadership Award, a Women of Achievement Honoree recognition in 2007 by the YWCA of Northwest Georgia (now liveSafe Resources) and the Cobb Public Safety Directors Award of Excellence in 2003.

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