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20 May 2015

Airport West Community Improvement District Hires Program and Safety Directors

The Airport West Community Improvement District (AWCID) is still in its infancy, but they are moving forward with break-neck speed towards fulfilling their purpose.

The AWCID has hired Jon Antoine and Kirsten Berry to serve in the newly created posts of Public Safety Director and Program Director.

Antoine is responsible for all AWCID-related public safety matters, including security patrols, community security task force efforts and coordination between businesses and area law enforcement. Berry will lead all AWCID projects and coordinate efforts with the appropriate agencies and departments across all government levels.

AWCID Executive Director Gerald McDowell said increasing service demands and long-range program development strategies necessitated the two new hires. He said Antoine and Berry demonstrated strong capabilities to address areas most in need of support.

“We experienced a growing need for skilled experts on public safety matters and representation to various government and regulating agencies,” McDowell said. “We are fortunate to have found these resourceful assets with the proven experience to advance the CID’s plans. Our commercial property owners will be well served with these new leadership additions.”

Antoine has more than 20 year of law enforcement experience with the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and Clayton County Police Department. He received his master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University, bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University and law enforcement training in multiple states.

Berry has years of experience as a senior transportation planner and project manager in the private sector, and she will utilize her experience in project planning, as well as management and economic impact studies to meet the needs of the AWCID. She graduated with a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Georgia Institute of Technology and she is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.