Leon Stafford

Local government reporter

Local government reporter Leon Stafford, a Tennessee grad, has been at the AJC since 1997. He covers Atlanta city government.

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Clayton County picks new chief of police from department ranks
 After filling in as Clayton County’s top cop for the past four days, Kevin Roberts was named Clayton Chief of Police on Tuesday in unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners. Roberts, a deputy chief in the department, succeeds interim Police Chief Joseph Woodall, who declined to pursue the top job and retired last Friday. Roberts...

Posted: 12 hours ago

After filling in as Clayton County’s top cop for the past four days, Kevin Roberts was named Clayton Chief of Police on Tuesday in unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners. Roberts, a deputy chief in the department, succeeds interim Police Chief Joseph Woodall, who declined to pursue the top job and retired last Friday. Roberts...
Clayton County to open government offices at 10 a.m. Thursday
 UPDATE: Clayton will open government offices at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the county’s website. ORIGINAL STORY: Clayton County has shut down all government offices Wednesday except those for essential personnel as the metro area deals with snow and ice.  The county government’s decision follows the school district, which...

Posted: 15 hours ago

UPDATE: Clayton will open government offices at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the county’s website. ORIGINAL STORY: Clayton County has shut down all government offices Wednesday except those for essential personnel as the metro area deals with snow and ice.  The county government’s decision follows the school district, which...
Henry County to reopen  government offices at 10 a.m. Thursday
 UPDATE: Henry County officials said Wednesday afternoon that government offices will reopen Thursday at 10 a.m. and all staff should report at that time.  The offices were closed Wednesday because of the snow and ice that gripped metro Atlanta overnight Tuesday.  Henry County Transit will resume service at noon Thursday, but access...

Posted: 15 hours ago

UPDATE: Henry County officials said Wednesday afternoon that government offices will reopen Thursday at 10 a.m. and all staff should report at that time.  The offices were closed Wednesday because of the snow and ice that gripped metro Atlanta overnight Tuesday.  Henry County Transit will resume service at noon Thursday, but access...
Jonesboro redeveloping parts of downtown in southside destination bid
 Hoping to follow the lead of Douglasville, Duluth and Suwanee in turning older downtowns into tourist destinations, Jonesboro leaders took the first step in revitalizing the heart of their community Tuesday by bulldozing a row of decrepit buildings on Broad Street. Over the next several years, Jonesboro plans to remove several older vacant...

Posted: a day ago

Hoping to follow the lead of Douglasville, Duluth and Suwanee in turning older downtowns into tourist destinations, Jonesboro leaders took the first step in revitalizing the heart of their community Tuesday by bulldozing a row of decrepit buildings on Broad Street. Over the next several years, Jonesboro plans to remove several older vacant...
Economic impact of college football national title mixed for Atlanta
 The economic benefits of hosting this year’s college football national championship was supposed to be a boon for Atlanta, but for some it was also a little bit of a letdown. The problem: Big majorities of Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide fans were within easy driving distance of the city, eliminating the need for long hotel...

Posted: 7 days ago

The economic benefits of hosting this year’s college football national championship was supposed to be a boon for Atlanta, but for some it was also a little bit of a letdown. The problem: Big majorities of Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide fans were within easy driving distance of the city, eliminating the need for long hotel...
Train door problems lead to chaos at MARTA’s Five Points Station
 Atlanta missed a chance to make a good impression on visitors leaving the college football national championship game Monday night, as hundreds of fans were stuck in a chaotic scene at MARTA’s Five Points Station. Fans arriving on eastbound trains from the stadium late that night found Five Points, the hub of the MARTA system, already...

Posted: 8 days ago

Atlanta missed a chance to make a good impression on visitors leaving the college football national championship game Monday night, as hundreds of fans were stuck in a chaotic scene at MARTA’s Five Points Station. Fans arriving on eastbound trains from the stadium late that night found Five Points, the hub of the MARTA system, already...
Atlanta convention boosters using football championship to sell city as meetings destination
 Atlanta’s convention boosters are using today’s college football national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as a vehicle to lure more big meetings to the city. Ten convention representatives from the worlds of medicine, trade shows and youth sports have been touring the city for the past few days to see if their next show...

Posted: 9 days ago

Atlanta’s convention boosters are using today’s college football national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as a vehicle to lure more big meetings to the city. Ten convention representatives from the worlds of medicine, trade shows and youth sports have been touring the city for the past few days to see if their next show...
Olympian, aspiring Olympian win road race, championship game tickets
 Sunday’s weather may have been bone chilling, but it didn’t stop local runners and college football fans hoping to score free tickets to Monday’s National Championship game from hitting the streets in the Atlanta Track Club’s Extra Yard 5K. More than 2,000 people packed on any extra layer they could find &mdash...

Posted: 10 days ago

Sunday’s weather may have been bone chilling, but it didn’t stop local runners and college football fans hoping to score free tickets to Monday’s National Championship game from hitting the streets in the Atlanta Track Club’s Extra Yard 5K. More than 2,000 people packed on any extra layer they could find &mdash...
Henry County: Nash Farm Park approves makeover plan months after controversy
 The Henry County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday adopted a master plan for Nash Farm Park — a local flash-point in the debate over Confederate iconography — that officials hope will reinvent the greenspace as a regional destination. The plan calls for adding walking paths, an heirloom garden, a playground and an amphitheater...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Henry County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday adopted a master plan for Nash Farm Park — a local flash-point in the debate over Confederate iconography — that officials hope will reinvent the greenspace as a regional destination. The plan calls for adding walking paths, an heirloom garden, a playground and an amphitheater...
Keisha Lance Bottoms sworn in as the new Mayor of Atlanta
 Update 3:25 p.m.: In her first remarks as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms made commitments to fight homelessness, make City Hall more transparent and to create a senior-level staff position on education. Her speech, which lasted about 35 minutes, included many of the promises she made on the campaign trail, such...

Posted: 15 days ago

Update 3:25 p.m.: In her first remarks as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms made commitments to fight homelessness, make City Hall more transparent and to create a senior-level staff position on education. Her speech, which lasted about 35 minutes, included many of the promises she made on the campaign trail, such...
Relief for Camp Creek Parkway traffic congestion coming in 2018
 After more than a decade as one of south metro Atlanta’s worst traffic logjams, relief is coming in 2018 to the intersection of Camp Creek Parkway and I-285. By the end of next summer, the state Department of Transportation is expected to begin reconstructing the interchange as a “diverging diamond” — a reconfiguration...

Posted: 19 days ago

After more than a decade as one of south metro Atlanta’s worst traffic logjams, relief is coming in 2018 to the intersection of Camp Creek Parkway and I-285. By the end of next summer, the state Department of Transportation is expected to begin reconstructing the interchange as a “diverging diamond” — a reconfiguration...