With DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer’s abrupt resignation this week, the remaining five members of the seven-member DeKalb Board of Commissioners have voted to defer a decision to appoint George Turner to fill the open District 5 seat.
Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May recommended Turner, a longtime South DeKalb community activist, to temporarily fill the District 5 seat after the county conducted a search a few weeks ago. May vacated the seat last year after Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to lead the county as interim CEO, replacing Burrell Ellis, who was suspended amidst corruption allegations.
The board was scheduled to vote on Turner’s appointment to the District 5 seat at its Aug. 26 meeting. Commissioner Stan Watson, however, asked that Turner’s appointment be deferred to give board members more time to meet with Turner. The board voted unanimously to defer its decision.
Tuner says he understands that the deferment is simply a part of the process and he is ready to answer any questions the board may have.
“I am willing and ready to handle all qualifications for the potential position. Our CEO has bestowed on me a huge honor and I’m excited about the possibility to serve District 5,” said Turner. “I appreciate everyone who has supported me thus far. It really means a lot to me.”
Turner is a board member of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, where he lives. He has also served as the president of the DeKalb County Commission District 5 Community Council and is a former general superintendent of MARTA.
If appointed by the Board of Commissioners, Turner will represent about 140,000 DeKalb residents.
May says Turner is the man for the job and a decision on the seat is well overdue.
“George Turner is a great individual who went through a very open and transparent process. The residents of District 5 deserve to have a person in that seat taking deliberate action for them,” said May. “It’s been a little over a year now and I really hope the Board of Commissioners can make a decision as soon as possible. The people deserve that.”
The board is expected to vote on May’s recommendation on Sept. 9. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.