CEO May nominates his replacement
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May announced his nomination for his temporary replacement as the County Commission’s District 5 representative.
May has nominated George Turner, who currently serves as president of the District 5 Community Council. Turner also serves as a board member of the Arabia National Heritage Area. He previously spent seven years as a legislative aid for the District 43 state senate seat, according to a press release from the county. He’s president of the Hunter’s Run II Homeowners Association and past president of the South Lithonia Neighborhood Coalition, the press release says.
The press release said that Turner was selected as one of two finalists selected from 20 applicants. The other finalist was Kathryn Rice, president of Building Quality Communities. May interviewed both Turner and Rice, before nominating Turner. The nomination will have to be approved by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.
May’s District 5 seat has been vacant for a year, after May replaced CEO Burrell Ellis, who was suspended after he was charged with shaking down contractors for campaign contributions.
“I want to thank the panel for their time and effort throughout this selection process to ensure that District 5 is well-represented on a temporary basis. They recommended two great individuals to choose from,” May said in the press release. “While both are very strong candidates, I believe that George Turner is the most suited for the role.”