DeKalb County Commissioners Eye Eliminating CEO

Last year DeKalb County voters approved changes to allow the County Commission to run its own meetings and set its own agenda stripping the CEO of everything except a legislative veto. 

Now a majority of Commissioners say they want to completely eliminate the CEO in favor of a professional county manager.

“We don’t need a CEO,” said Elaine Boyer of north DeKalb, the lone Republican on the commission. “We have seven elected officials who represent the county as a whole, and they could direct a county manager to get things done. It works fine everywhere.”

Lee May, a Democrat from south DeKalb, said he and his colleagues are still frustrated with “how the system is built.” The CEO still controls a lot of crucial information, and it’s not flowing to the commission, May said. “Many of us are just frustrated because we are not getting answers like we should.”

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