1. griftdrift says:

    It’s a separation of powers. Sort of. I think it works this way. The CEO chairs the meetings but doesn’t have a vote. But if the commision passes something he can veto. They can also override but I don’t remember how many votes are needed.

    It’s a weird and unique system which does put a lot of power in the executive branch. But it has worked for 30 years and worked pretty well.

    I’d be interested to hear from Rep. Chambers and Sen. Weber and the rest of the Dekalb Republican caucus on this.

    It seems the new boy in the camp is going way out on a limb over what amounts to a disagreement on a closing time ordinance.

  2. DeKalb’s government is unique in the USA, I believe. I think the CEO only votes to break a tie, but has veto powers as well as the ability to hire and fire employees. It’s sort of a blended position between a County Manager and a Commission Chair.

    I don’t know what grift means by it has worked “pretty well.” Well enough, maybe. The CEOs have always drawn a lot of criticism -Maloof, Levetan and now Jones. Some of it may have been justifiable criticism, and some may have been just petty politics. DeKalb has never lacked for either one.

  3. Rick Day says:

    This is all about race (remember the reason for this sudden urgent legislation; a ‘thug club’?), and one more time, it is a white politician vs a black one. This non- situation further supports the perception from others that Georgia is a backwater cracker box.

    And that perception is..REALLY Really REALLY good for business, you pro-business political party! Maybe our chicken industry will expand.

    (shakes head) good lord, people…don’t shame me into sending some White-Guilt Money ™ to the Snugglester!

  4. BrookhavenGOP says:

    Efforts to reform DeKalb County Government have been ongoing for some time–long before the veto of the pouring ordinance. The problem with DeKalb’s system is that it was established by a very strong personality, Maloof, but it has not always worked well. An effort in the last legislative session to use local legislation to reform DeKalb County government failed–a narrow majority of DeKalb County Senators supported it, but nowhere near a majority of the DeKalb County Representatives were in favor. Now, further discussions are going to be held as citizens in DeKalb County and other places in Georgia examine local government, and these are legitimate and fruitful dialogues that will unfold.

  5. Still Looking says:

    Some corrections are needed. The executive branch should not set the agenda for the legislative branch. This makes it difficult for the legislative branch to establish policy for which they are charged and it makes it difficult to establish oversight.

    Five votes are needed to overide and to get something on the agenda. The CEO controls the entire bureacracy: police force, public works, code enforcement. He decides which pot holes get fixed and whose garbage get picked up. He also proposes the budget and milage rate. With all that clout, the CEO can usually corral at least three votes to sustain a veto or control the agenda.

  6. griftdrift says:

    Mike’s explanation is better and more detailed.

    We could have a good discussion on “pretty well”.

    But anyway. Forgetting Still Looking, aka Resident Dekalb Commissioner Apologist, for a moment. Is this not odd that the legislature is suddenly considering restructuring a type of government that has been in place for over two decades simply because some people are upset about a local ordinance?

    We have a very top down government in this state. One of the subtexts of the GREAT plan is the fact that local municipalities can barely pass gas without the legislature’s approval.

    Don’t believe me? Watch Georgia Legislative Watch this spring to see how many bills are presented approving some heretofore unknown towns parks department or facilities management or God knows what else you might have thought would have been taken care of without paper pushing on the hill.

  7. Paul from Jefferson says:

    As a former DeKalb resident, all I can say is that I am pleased with my new county’s government and have to ask – if the DeKalb CEO system is so good, why hasn’t any other county anywhere adopted it? When I lived in DeKalb, I gave up trying to contact county officials because I never could get an adequate response even the few times someone responded at all. This was both pre-Snuggles and after his ascension to the throne.

  8. Still Looking says:

    Petty Grift

    Legislation has been in the hopper several times to change the DeKalb structure. It was introduced last session by Adelman and had been introduced while Levitan was in office. It ain

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