What a coincidence selecting a police officer to be on this month’s front cover. I wanted to honor a public safety officer to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and chose Capt. Jerry Quan because: 1) he is head of Precinct 4-East Cobb’s police force; and 2) he has provided security (from 11pm to 7am) at the EAST COBBER Festival site for the past 10 years.
Then as we were preparing this issue, the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, set off nearly two weeks of protests and backlash against police in that St. Louis suburb, but it also had citizens evaluating police and community relations not only in Kansas City but also the rest of the country. So, the front cover photo of Captain Jerry Quan takes on a deeper significance of what, I think, is right with our local police. By going beyond his official job as East Cobb’s precinct commander, Capt. Quan, an East Cobb resident, is often seen out and about in our community (like directing traffic at a school or grabbing a coffee with an East Cobber) which allows him to understand the nuances of our East Cobb neighborhoods while also fighting crime.
With the lowest crime rate in Cobb County, we East Cobbers often overlook the role law enforcement officers have in making that happen. We are lucky to have Capt. Quan who goes beyond arrests and citations and, because he genuinely likes to help people, affects the livability of East Cobb in a positive way.
The 19th annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival, to be held on September 13, is another way the EAST COBBER showcases all that is good here in East Cobb County. This hometown tradition has been, for the past 19 years, a great opportunity for East Cobb residents to come together and share their pride and have some good old-fashioned fun.
Our Parade & Festival special section (pages 12 to 21) reviews all the different groups marching, entertaining, and feeding us that day! Hope to see you, there!
Cynthia M. Rozzo
Reprinted from the September 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the September issue HERE.
Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.