Help wanted – DeKalb Commission filling vacancy

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 3, 2014
File photo of DeKalb County Commission. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

File photo of DeKalb County Commission. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

It’s been almost a year since Lee May left his District 5 County Commission seat and became the interim DeKalb County CEO.

May replaced Burrell Ellis, who was suspended after he was charged with shaking down contractors for campaign contributions. His case hasn’t been resolved, and the District 5 seat has remained vacant, but that could soon change.

The county announced on June 3 that it is looking for an interim replacement to represent District 5. It is currently accepting applications from people who are interested in serving. The district represents about 145,000 county residents, according to a press release.

Interested candidates will need to email a resume and cover letter to by July 3, 2014.  May is appointing a three-member panel to review the applications and choose two finalists. One of the finalists will be presented to the DeKalb County Commission for its consideration.

Interested? Here is the job advertisement from DeKalb County:

“The Candidate must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, a citizen of this state, qualified and eligible to vote and a resident of the geographic area encompassed by District 5 at the time of application for appointment. The Candidate must have been a resident of DeKalb County for at least twelve (12) months prior to appointment and must remain a resident of the geographic area encompassed by District 5 while serving. The Candidate must be eligible for the office and not barred by any disqualification under the law. The term of service for the Candidate will commence upon selection by the Governing Authority and continue until Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis’s suspension is terminated or the need for the Candidate ends, whichever is earlier. The Candidate shall receive compensation for the term of service at the normal salary rate of an elected commissioner. Thorough knowledge of the DeKalb County Government, federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the DeKalb County Code and Code of Ethics is preferred. Strong communication skills, oral and written, and experience in public service is also preferred.”

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