DeKalb ICEO Lee May has announced appointments to the DeKalb County Charter Review Commission, a diverse body of community leaders who will study various aspects of DeKalb County government and come up with ways to improve the charter.
The commission is expected to look at how appointments are made, whether the form of government should be changed to one run by a county-manager and other aspects of organization.
The DeKalb County Charter Review Commission is one of the final recommendations of the DeKalb Government Operations Task Force (OTF) created by May in 2014. The OTF advised the DeKalb County delegation to establish a charter review commission to evaluate the county’s organizational act. That legislation was introduced but failed in the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly.
“Although Senate Bill 421, which provided for the creation of a charter review commission, failed to advance through the 2016 legislative session, it is important that we establish a platform for the citizens of DeKalb County to engage in a deliberate discussion related to the county’s governance structure,” said May.
Under May’s executive order, the commission will be comprised of 17 members: Three appointed by the interim CEO, two of which will serve as co-chairs of the commission and one of which will represent the now-vacant county commission District 7; one appointed by each member of the Board of Commissioners for a total of six members; two appointed by the DeKalb Senate Delegation; one member appointed by the DeKalb House Delegation; one appointed by the DeKalb Board of Education; one appointed by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce; one appointed by the Georgia Municipal Association; and one appointed by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. So far, 16 members have been appointed.
The Charter Review Commission will hold its first organizational meeting on Sept. 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.
Final recommendations from the commission must be submitted no later than June 30, 2017, to the DeKalb Governing Authority, each member of the General Assembly from DeKalb County, the governor, the lieutenant governor, speaker of the House and chairpersons of the Senate State and local governmental operations committee and the House governmental affairs committee.
The members of the DeKalb County Charter Review Commission are as follows:
Commission member Organization Representing Appointed by
Rahn Mayo Honeywell Countywide Interim CEO Lee May
Ann Hanlon North Fulton CID Countywide Interim CEO Lee May
Robert Miller The Miller Group District 1 Comm. Nancy Jester
Dean Vanderbilt Retired District 2 Comm. Jeff Rader
Bobbie Sanford Sanford Realty District 3 Comm. Larry Johnson
Stan Pritchett Morris Brown College District 4 Comm. Barnes Sutton
Kathy Register Cong. Hank Johnson District 5 Comm. M. Johnson
Jim Grubiak Attorney/Retired District 6 Comm. Kathie Gannon
Jerome Edmondson Entrepreneur Dev. Network District 7 ICEO Lee May
Delores Crowell AT&T Countywide DeKalb Chamber
Dr. Melvin Johnson DeKalb Board of Ed. Countywide DeKalb Board of Ed.
Michele NeSmith Assn. of Co. Commissioners Countywide ACC
Mayor John Ernst Brookhaven, Georgia Countywide GA Municipal Assn.
Carla Smith Signature Healthcare Countywide DeKalb Senate
Naomi Godfrey Attorney/Retired Countywide DeKalb Senate
TBD TBD Countywide DeKalb House