Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14 2016
Statement from Mayor Kasim Reed on the Death of City of Atlanta Employee Donald Rembert
ATLANTA – I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Donald Rembert. Donald served the City of Atlanta for 29 years, and worked most recently with the forestry team in the Department of Parks and Recreation. His loss is made more tragic with the knowledge that he was only a few months away from retirement.
In his nearly three decades of work for the City, Donald was a caring friend and a valued coworker. He loved being and working outdoors. He leaves behind an extended family, two children and a brother who serves the City of Atlanta in the Department of Public Works. His son has also worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation as a seasonal employee. His family’s deep commitment to public service is admirable.
The safety and security of our employees and the public is always our number one priority. The City will conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened. I have directed the members of my cabinet to conduct trainings over the next several weeks in order to remind all staff of safety protocols for their department and work duties. We want each and every one of our more than eight thousand employees to arrive at work, complete their shift and make it home safely to their love ones at the end of the day. We are saddened beyond words that Mr. Rembert will not make it home today.
Finally, the City offers counseling and assistance to employees in need of support, and the Office of Constituent Services will provide whatever assistance we can to Mr. Rembert’s family.
This is a sad day for the City of Atlanta. I ask anyone willing to join me in praying for Donald Rembert and his family tonight.
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