The DeKalb County Operations Task Force (OTF) this week reached a landmark decision regarding the governance of DeKalb County during its fifth meeting since its inception on June 5.
The OTF decided not to deliberate the form of government, citing the lack of support from state lawmakers to advance such a measure through the 2015 legislative session.
The group will instead focus its efforts on improving the existing government framework.
“There seems that there is insufficient political momentum to make a wholesale change to our county government structure. It is theconsensus of this task force that the best use of our time should be focusing on the balance of power in the existing form of government,” said Vaughn Irons, co-chair of the OTF.
DeKalb is the only county in Georgia with an elected CEO who runs the government’s daily operations. Discussions about changing the form of government to one that is run by a county manager, a hired professional administrator, has long been a topic for discussion. Gwinnett, Fulton and Cobb counties all have county managers.
DeKalb’s District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader agreed with Irons that the county’s focus should be on making sure the county is accountable to taxpayers and voters, rather than overhauling the
“It is imperative to look at all of the mechanics of the Organizational Act of DeKalb County, identifying deficiencies and options for improvement. No form of government is immune from defects, so the important thing is ensuring the charter informs the public on operations and makes DeKalb accountable to the voters and taxpayers” said Rader.
In June, DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May convened the 17-member panel to explore and study (1) the financial, business, zoning and quality of