Patti Garrett elected as Mayor of Decatur
City Commissioner Patti Garrett was elected to be the city’s new mayor during the first City Commission meeting of the year on Jan. 4.
Unlike many other Georgia cities, Decatur’s mayor is elected by fellow commissioners. Her election was unanimous. Garrett replaces Jim Baskett as mayor, who decided not to run for re-election. Baskett was replaced by the new commissioner at-large, Tony Powers.
Commissioner Fred Boykin was unanimously elected as mayor pro-tem.
Garrett was first elected to the City Commission in 2009 and serves District 2. According to her biography on the city’s website, she moved to Decatur in 2001. In the past she has chaired the Decatur Tour of Homes and has served as a house captain for the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project. She has served as a board member of the Oakhurst Community Garden Project and as secretary of the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association.
According to her biography, she attends Decatur First United Methodist Church and has served on its board of trustees.
She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the University of Tennessee. She teaches nutrition at Georgia State University and works as a clinical dietitian at Emory University Health Services. She’s active in the Atlanta Local Food Initiative network, her biography says.
Garrett thanked her fellow commissioners and gave a shout out to her family watching the meeting as it was being broadcast online.
“Thank you all,” Garrett said. “I look forward to working with each and every one of the commissioners and I think we’re going to have a great 2016.”
Powers and fellow newly-elected Commissioner Brian Smith took the oath of office, as did Commissioner Scott Drake, who was reelected on Nov. 3.
Editor’s note: Due to a prior conflict, Decaturish was unable to attend the Jan. 4 meeting. This report was produced after watching a live broadcast of the meeting on the city’s website.