DUNWOODY, Ga. — Mayor Lynn Deutsch was to host one of the first public events since the onset of COVID-19 this week, a meet-up at Brook Run Park featuring a talk by Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan.

The Oct. 1 gathering is set to be held on the Great Lawn at Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road. The agenda includes updates from Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan, plus time for questions and answers from the public.

Deutsch says she thinks the location on the Great Lawn will allow for proper social distancing and allow citizens to ask Grogan “the hard questions.”

“We think it’s important to have a live event so that people can put a face with a name,” she said. “In addition, there will be sort of a 10,000-foot view from the chief, followed by community input.”

Deutsch said she didn’t anticipate any announcements from Grogan regarding new or revised policing policies, rather a clarification of existing protocol.

“Dunwoody’s policies are actually in pretty good shape,” she said. “I think the focus will be more on how the department does things.”

Deutsch said she thinks the in-person format will be a refreshing change from remote meetings and will allow more citizen input and back-and-forth communication.

“Zoom works well for many meetings, but it doesn’t allow for conversation afterwards,” she said. “Chief Grogan really wanted a live meeting for that reason.”

Several community meetings have been cancelled since the onset of the world pandemic, including the state of the city address that was scheduled for March 12.

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