DeKalb County is unique in Georgia because it has a CEO, whose job it is to run the county’s operations. The position was established back in the 80s, when Manuel Maloof became the first CEO.
Since the indictment of former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis in June, calls for eliminating the CEO position in favor of a county administrator hired by the Board of Commissioners have grown louder, led by Interim CEO Lee May. Over the next few weeks, May will hold a series of town halls to get input on the issue from citizens.
The first town hall is tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road. Additional town halls will be held on Monday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur, and on Tuesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker.
In order to change from the current form of government to what the rest of the metro Atlanta counties use, a vote would be required in the General Assembly.