“I’m a serious leader who believes in transparency and being accessible.”— Ernest Strozier, BOC District 1 candidate
B.A., Criminal Justice, St. Leo University
Racial Matters, Dennis O’Reilly
Ernest Strozier, BOC District 1
Ernest Strozier is a captain in the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and retired as a major after 30 years with the College Park Police Department. He holds a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Clayton State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Strozier also served as a firefighter.
What makes you the best candidate for this particular district?
I have worked in government for over 35 years and I know what public service means. I’m a serious leader who believes in transparency and being accessible.
What do you see as the strengths of your district?
One of the biggest strengths of District 1 is the Rhodenizer Recreation Center which provides needed activities for the young and the elderly.
How do you handle conflict/people who disagree with you?
I resolve conflicts by sitting down and talking about the situation and coming to an amicable agreement.
What one project would you like to accomplish in the next 4 years if elected?
I would like to put a stop to the building of empty warehouses in Clayton County, before a warehouse is approved and built I would like to require that they already have tenants that will move into them when completed. They would also be required to pay a decent living wage and have a workforce of at least fifty percent Clayton County residents.
Anything else people should know about you?
I have served the public for the majority of my adult life, first as a fireman and and than as a police officer. I rose through the ranks of the College Park Police Department and retired as Major after 30 years of service. I’m a serious leader with plans to protect the citizens of Clayton County property values and the investments they have made in the community. I’m not in the race for the money and I pledge to donate my first year salary as Commissioner to create a program to increase elder and at risk abuse awareness.
On the issues
Strozier ranked job skills training, attracting high-tech jobs, traffic calming/safety updates, walkability/pedestrian safety, sex trafficking, absentee landlords/house flippers, police interactions, street races/flashmob car shows, and “mental health counselors to help the police when they interact with the mentally ill” as the most urgent priorities in Clayton County.