Lawrenceville Earns Coveted Award for Financial Reporting

Published: October 12, 2016


Lawrenceville Earns Coveted Award for Financial Reporting

Highest Form of Governmental Accounting Recognition Granted to City Finance Department



The City of Lawrenceville’s Finance Department has been awarded its first-ever “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” (CAFR) award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This annual award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The honor has been received after the City’s first attempt at the CAFR process, which represents a significant accomplishment by a government agency and its management team.

“Lawrenceville’s mission to provide the highest quality services to its citizens and business community is achieved through the talents of a well-trained and knowledgeable staff,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We are proud of our Finance Department for attaining this notable achievement and maintaining Lawrenceville’s standard of expertise.”

The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel in order to maintain the program’s high standards and integrity.  Lawrenceville Finance Director, Donna Wiernik added, “We really appreciate the constant support of our Mayor and Council. Our team worked very hard to compile this report, which includes ten years of statistical information.”

The City of Lawrenceville aims to continue this level of excellence within the Finance Department and all other departments in order to better serve the community. Moving forward, the City’s Finance Department hopes to obtain a CAFR certificate each year while continuing to provide quality financial reports for the citizens of Lawrenceville.

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City of Lawrenceville and Downtown Development Authority Announce Recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion

Published: October 5, 2016


City of Lawrenceville and Downtown Development Authority Announce Recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion

The Heritage Trail Walkway Commemorates Willie Frank Bailey and James Victor Hood, Sr.



The City of Lawrenceville and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) have announced Willie Frank Bailey and James Victor Hood, Sr. as the 2017 recipients of the Heritage Trail medallions and recognition. The walking trail was constructed in 2013 to pay homage to individuals – throughout Gwinnett County history – who have made significant influences to the city. The walkway commences at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, ends in front of the Rhodes Jordan Park and is marked all along the way by medallions commemorating individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the development or wellbeing of Lawrenceville and/or its residents.

“We are very pleased with our 2017 recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “This year’s honorees were known for investing their personal time, efforts, and finances into the betterment of the Lawrenceville community and its residents.”

Willie Frank Bailey founded W.F. Bailey’s Construction Company and was among the first African American business owners, both in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County. He invested in the City of Lawrenceville by serving on the Lawrenceville Housing Authority, offering his craftsmanship skills, serving on the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and serving as a member of the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. Bailey offered several hundred men and women in the community an opportunity for employment and even inspired many of his employees to also explore entrepreneurship.

Likewise, after moving to Lawrenceville in 1924 to join the Agriculture Finance Corporation, James Victor (Jim Vic) Hood, Sr. established himself as a true leader and mentor in the community. He later moved on to the First National Bank of Lawrenceville, where he served for 44 years as a Cashier, Executive Vice President, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the First National Bank of Lawrenceville became the largest bank in Gwinnett County before it was eventually sold in 1986. A notable member of the community, Hood was known for his dedication to supporting Lawrenceville’s citizens. He was known to offer personal loans to assist those who couldn’t qualify based on bank standards and often assisted individuals whose needs the bank could not afford. In 1938, he founded Hood Insurance Agency, which continues to serve the needs of Lawrenceville citizens today.

Medallion recipients are chosen annually and as the trail continues to grow, residents and tourists are able to explore the community and learn much more about its history.

The application and nomination process will begin again on March 15, 2017 and will continue through May 15. Applications will be available for download at and can be returned to the Economic Development Office at City Hall or emailed to

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Lawrenceville Police Department Outfits Officers with Body-Worn Cameras

Published: October 4, 2016



Lawrenceville Police Department Outfits Officers with Body-Worn Cameras

City Council approves $161,297 in Asset Forfeiture Funds for Acquisition



The City of Lawrenceville voted to outfit Lawrenceville Police Officers with body-worn cameras at its October 2016 Council meeting. The Department will use asset forfeiture funds to acquire 75 body cameras, 9 in-car cameras and warranty packages that will adequately supply each on-duty officer with the necessary equipment.

“It is important to us that our Lawrenceville Police Department is equipped with the appropriate technology to effectively protect and serve our community,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We are eager to repurpose these seized funds for the benefit of our businesses, residents, and visitors alike.”

Body-worn cameras are used to preserve evidence and provide an accurate account of activity for on-duty officers.

Chief Randy Johnson added, “The Lawrenceville Police Department already maintains a high level of accountability with its officers. Having a video record of events while on-duty will support our regular routine and ability to serve the community.”

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