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Code Enforcement duties include enforcement of nuisance violations such as inoperable vehicles, overgrown lots, and dilapidated structures. Duties also include processing of applications for occupational licenses, alcoholic beverage licenses, and taxicab licenses. The City of Douglas participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, and the Flood Damage Prevention ordinance is administered by the Code Enforcement Division.

City Planning duties include administration and enforcement of city development regulations and zoning ordinance. Also, all applications for rezoning and annexation are processed by this division.

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For more information, please contact Marshal Rodger Goddard at (912) 389-3462.


City Marshal Rodger Goddard attended the Chief Executive Training Class for newly appointed chiefs of police and heads of law enforcement agencies at the Dr. Curtis E. McClung Training Center in Duluth, GA from September 18-27, 2017.  The 60-hour course, administered and provided by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), is required by state law for all newly appointed heads of law enforcement agencies. 

The curriculum is designed to give newly appointed law enforcement administrators and command staff personnel training on police management, as well as inform them of laws and policies affecting their departments.  Topics covered in the course include: Managerial Liability and E.E.O.C. Laws, Police Manpower Allocation & Staffing, Community Policing, Budget Administration, Political & Practical Realities, Risk Management, Evolution of Ethics, and other timely topics.

"The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police is pleased to provide executive level training for the professional development of Georgia’s new law enforcement leaders.” said GACP President Dennis Nelson of the Clayton County Department of Corrections. 

City Marshal Rodger Goddard was among 50 law enforcement administrators attending the course.  The GACP provides the executive training for newly appointed heads of law enforcement agencies and command staff personnel twice a year, along with several other training programs throughout the state.  It is the largest professional association for law enforcement administrators in Georgia, and one of the largest in the country.  The membership of over 1,700 includes executives representing municipal and county law enforcement agencies, college and university police departments, corporate and private security firms, and numerous state and federal agencies.


As a part of the “Shame on You” Anti-Litter and Beautification Program, offenders who are caught in the act of littering, illegally dumping, vandalizing property, or “dumpster diving” could have their names/photos posted on the City’s social media platforms, Channel 13, and could face a fine of up to $1,000.00.  Due to a recent increase in vandalism in the parks and illegal dumping, the City of Douglas would like to urge citizens to help keep Douglas clean and visibly pleasing by reporting suspicious activity, vandalism, and illegal dumping to the “See Something, Say Something” Crime Tip line. 

“Our citizens should take action to make our community a better place,” says City Manager Terrell Jacobs.  “Anyone who sees another person vandalizing property or illegally dumping property should contact the See Something, Say Something Tip Line and report the incident.”

Any person, who dispose or “dump” items illegally, are committing a crime.  Offenders could face a penalty of a fine up to $1,000.  Citizens are encouraged to request additional trash carts for their residence or participate in monthly, residential Community Junk Drop Off days. 

“In the last week, we’ve had some problems with vandalism such as soap suds in the Fountain at Atkinson Plaza, graffiti at Emma Ward Park, and sidewalk chalk on the Tennis Courts at Wheeler Park,” says Stevie Young, Parks and Recreation Director.  “While sidewalk chalk drawing on a tennis court and soap suds in the fountain may seem trivial, please realize City workers must pressure wash the chalk off the tennis court which will cause damage to the court surface and a private company must be called in to clean the fountain because soap suds in the fountain will damage the pump system.”

Citizens are encouraged to report repairs, electrical outages, potholes, and other related items to the See Something, Say Something to the non-criminal line by dialing 3-1-1 or 912-384-3302.  To report criminal activity such as illegal dumping, vandalism, and suspicious activity call the See Something Say Something Anonymous Crime Tip line at 912-260-3600 or if immediate attention is needed, dial 9-1-1.

In an effort to address some concerns of citizens and to clean up the right-of-ways throughout the city, citizens are being reminded to adhere to Solid Waste ordinance policies regarding time of placement and time of removal of trash carts.  Beginning the evening before and no later than 6:00am on the day of collection, customers should place their container (s) at the curbside in front of the customer’s residence.  The container should be removed from the curbside and returned to a location behind the customer’s residence or to a place that is outside of City’s right-of-way and out of view from the right-of-way no later than 6:00am following the scheduled day of service. 

City of Douglas officials will begin issuing citations to customers routinely allowing containers to remain at curbside outside of the hours specified.  Customers who continue to place or leave carts beyond specified times will be deemed to create a nuisance, punishable by fines.   The current fine for trash citations are as follows:  1st offense will be a $25.00; 2nd offense and beyond will be a $75.00 fine each offense. 


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