Decatur Mayor seeks commissioner who won’t use vacancy to ‘further political ambitions’

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 8, 2015
Former commissioner Keisha Cunningham (left) talks to teams using a bullhorn during the ceremony for the opening day of Decatur Youth Baseball at Oakhurst Park. File Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Former commissioner Keisha Cunningham (left) talks to teams using a bullhorn during the ceremony for the opening day of Decatur Youth Baseball at Oakhurst Park.
File Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Decatur’s City Commission will consider filling a vacant city commission seat at their regular meeting on Sept. 8, but there’s no word on who commissioners might appoint.

Commissioner Kecia Cunningham resigned at the last regular city commission meeting, saying she needed to leave because of a job opportunity. The municipal elections are Nov. 3, and two candidates are running: Brian Smith, the current chairman of the city of Decatur’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and James Johnson, a local attorney. The person commissioners appoint will serve until a new commissioner is sworn in.

Commissioners have not named candidates for the vacancy or advertised the position to anyone interested in applying. Mayor Jim Baskett said commissioners will be able to nominate people during the meeting, and he has his own checklist for who should take over as interim commissioner.

“Each commissioner is free to nominate anyone of their choosing,” Baskett said. “I will be looking for someone who has shown a willingness to serve; demonstrated good judgement in their professional, civic and personal life; and has no desire to use this to further their political ambitions.”

The Sept. 8 City Commission meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at city hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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