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Expanded DeKalb Operations Task Force Holds First Meeting

“It is important that we leverage all of our partnerships as much as possible on the front end, to ensure a successful outcome.” - Interim CEO Lee May.

March 11, 2014: DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May signs the executive order creating the Task Force on DeKalb County Operations and other Related Matters. Credit: DeKalb County
March 11, 2014: DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May signs the executive order creating the Task Force on DeKalb County Operations and other Related Matters. Credit: DeKalb County

By Patch Staff

DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May has increased the membership of The Task Force on DeKalb County Operations (the Operations Task Force). The committee has been increased from 15 members to 17, and all task force members will have voting privileges.

“It is important that we leverage all of our partnerships as much as possible on the front end, to ensure a successful outcome,” said May in a statement. “Additional representation from the General Assembly, as well extending voting to the Georgia Municipal Association and Association of County Commissioners of Georgia gives us the balance we need.”

The Operations Task Force held its first meeting on June 5 in Decatur. The Chamblee Post says 100-plus attendees heard May deliver a presentation of the county government structure.

The Operations Task Force was created by May with the support of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners through an Executive Order in March 2014.

The Operations Task Force will explore and study (1) the financial, business, zoning and quality of life impact on residents and government operations caused by the creation of new cities and annexations; (2) the effectiveness of the current governance structure of DeKalb County and ethics and transparency in County operations; (3) the equitable distribution of Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) proceeds and legacy pension costs between the DeKalb County and it’s cities; and (4) other related matters.

The Operations Task Force is comprised of:

  • Commissioner Jeff Rader, District 2

  • Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton, District 4

  • Commissioner Stan Watson, District 7

  • State Senator Gloria Butler

  • State Senator Fran Millar

  • State Representative Karla Drenner

  • State Representative Billy Mitchell

  • State Representative Mike Jacobs

  • Former State Representative Elena Parent

  • John Shelton, CEO of DeKalb Medical Center

  • Jim McMahan, Vice Chair, DeKalb County Board of Education

  • Vaughn Irons, Chairman of the Development Authority of DeKalb County

  • Patrick Ejike, Director Community Development Department, Clayton County Government

  • April Atkins, AICP; Community Affairs Specialist

  • Bill Floyd, Former Mayor of Decatur

  • Jim Grubiak, General Counsel, Association of County Commissioner
“It is my sincere hope this task force can come to a consensus on how we can fix DeKalb in one fell swoop, and make the most of the one year cooling off period that we asked the Georgia General Assembly to afford us,” said May in a news release.


Rhea A Johnson Jr June 09, 2014 at 07:07 AM
Comments after the meeting were not positive……another dog and pony show and requested rubber stamp by the administration in the face of upcoming inditements. Two of the Task Force members are under investigation by the FBI and others are involved in questionable real estate or county contracting deals. Task Force can't fix anything only make recommendations to the CEO.
Lone Stranger June 09, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Rhea these things are all for show. Thats it. They are going to do what they want, when they want, and you will pay for it and have little if anything to say about it. This is the crux of the entire problem in this country.

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