The Atlanta City Council on April 20 issued proclamations honoring recently retired Atlanta police Zone 2 commander Maj. James Sellers and Commissioner Dianne Harnell Cohen and her Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

Sellers was presented a proclamation by Dist. 7 Councilman Howard Shook of Buckhead, who said it was the first proclamation he had presented and he was “honored to do it.”

Sellers and his wife, Valerie, were both acknowledged by council members Shook, Carla Smith, Mary Norwood, Ivory Young Jr., Kwanza Hall, Clair Muller, Ann Fauver and C.T. Martin and council President Lisa Borders for the 23 years of service each gave to the Atlanta Police Department.

Sellers’ proclamation detailed the major’s career up to his retirement in February. Sellers acknowledged during his remarks to the council that the award came unexpectedly and that he was “grateful for the support from City Council, the Atlanta Police Department and the community.”

Cohen received praise from council member Jim Maddox for obtaining national accreditation for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Maddox said it “is the first such accreditation for a parks department in a city of this size in the United States.”

In her remarks, Cohen cited hard work by employees and the “desire to accomplish something great” as the reasons for the success of her department and its ability to gain the coveted accreditation.

During the presentation of the proclamation, Cohen was joined at the platform by all attending members of the council and dozens of her employees.