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Villa Rica awarded GMA Safety & Liability Grant

City of Villa Rica

The City of Villa Rica was awarded a safety and liability grant for $4,770 from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) on Thursday. The grant will help fund body cameras for the Villa Rica Police Department.

“This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees,” said Kelli Bennett, Communications and Marketing Associate (and District 4 Representative) for the Georgia Municipal Association.

The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than 500 grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to over 130 cities throughout the state to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear, and police department in-vehicle video systems. These grant funds have helped leverage the purchase of over $2.6 million in this type of equipment and training.

The Safety and Liability Management Grant program is made available to members of GMA’s property and liability insurance program (the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency) and GMA’s workers’ compensation insurance program (GMA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Fund).

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its over 500 member cities.

Pictured from left to right are Villa Rica City Manager David Milliron, Public Works Director Pete Zorbanos, Ward 4 Councilman Gil McDougal, Human Resources Manager Stephanie Rooks, Tourism and Main Street Program Coordinator Sharon Dupont, GMA’s Kelli Bennett, Licensing & Permitting Specialist Rhonda Blackmon, Chief Michael Mansour, Chief Financial Officer Sarah Hefty, Sgt. Hunter Ethredge, Director of Downtown Development & Tourism Christopher G. Pike, and Police Capt. Keith Shaddix.


David A. Milliron, Villa Rica City Manager

571 W. Bankhead Hwy, Villa Rica, GA 30180

(678) 840-1211 | [email protected]

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