DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May has announced the citizen panel, which is reviewing the candidates who have volunteered to fill a temporary appointment to Commission District 5 of DeKalb County.
The panel consists of Lisa Allen, Lithonia resident and community activist; Rosalind Newell, Stone Mountain resident and attorney; and State Rep. Rahn Mayo.
In June, advertisements were placed three DeKalb Newspapers to solicit candidates to fill the temporary appointment to Commission District 5 of DeKalb County, as set forth in SB 367 signed in April by Governor Nathan Deal.
District 5 serves approximately 145,000 residents. A total of 21 people responded. Presently, the roster is being reviewed to ensure all candidates meet the minimum qualifications of being at least 21 years of age, a citizen of this state, a resident of the geographic area encompassed by District 5 at the time of application for appointment and a resident of DeKalb County for at least 12 months prior to appointment.
The panel will review all qualified applicants to narrow the field to two qualified candidates. Of these, Interim CEO May will submit candidate to the Board of Commissioners for consideration.
“I expect to have the panel’s recommendations by the end of the month, then be able to make a nomination to the Board of Commissioners within the first two weeks of August, if not sooner,” Interim CEO May said.
The term of service for the eventual Interim District 5 Commissioner will begin upon approval by the Board of Commissioners and continue until Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis’s suspension is terminated or the need for the candidate ends, whichever is earlier. The Interim District 5 Commissioner shall receive the normal salary rate of an elected commissioner.