Cross Keys High School Color Guard presented the flags before the Brookhaven City Council’s meeting Dec. 16. The council met at 10 p.m. on Dec. 16, before the city officially started up, and again at 2:01 a.m. Dec. 17.

Dale Boone rings the bell to announce the creation of the new city of Brookhaven. The Dec. 17 meeting marked the official start date for the new city specified in its charter.

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, left, and Councilman Jim Eyre listen during the Brookhaven City Council’s meeting Dec. 16.

Brookhaven City Council cut a ribbon to open the new city’s offices at 200 Ashford Center North in Dunwoody on Dec. 17.

Council members celebrate with a birthday cake. Left to right, Councilman Bates Mattison, Mayor J. Max Davis, and council members Joe Gebbia, Rebecca Chase Williams and Jim Eyre.

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