New vote set Jan. 28
The DeKalb Board of Commissioners couldn’t muster enough votes to elect a presiding officer or deputy presiding officer at its Jan. 14 board meeting. The board is expected to
try again at the Jan. 28 meeting.
The commissioners were supposed to choose one of their peers to fill the two positions, but they ended up squabbling. They couldn’t get enough votes between the six of them to support Larry Johnson, Stan Watson or Jeff Rader, all three of whom were nominated for presiding officer.
The board also couldn’t get the required four votes to elect Sharon Barnes Sutton, who was nominated for deputy presiding officer, or Watson who was nominated for deputy presiding officer after he didn’t get presiding officer.
The presiding officer runs the board’s meetings, appoints chairs to various board committees, and could be tapped as interim CEO of the county in the event of an emergency. The deputy presiding officer fills in for the
presiding officer as needed.
The board’s non-election brought the cauldron that has been brewing for months to a head. Johnson called what happened “gutter politics.”
“The comments that Commissioners Kathie Gannon and Jeff Rader made
during their nomination of Stan Watson that attacked my character and attempted to denigrate my leadership were unfortunate, misguided,
divisive, and borderline delusional,” said Johnson. “Gutter politics at
Johnson said despite the attacks, he planned to