State Rep. Scott Holcomb introduces legislation to abolish DeKalb County CEO position

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 9, 2016
DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

State Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, has introduced a bill that would eliminate the DeKalb County CEO position in favor of electing a County Commission chairperson and appointing a county manager.

“[The bill] was presented to the DeKalb delegation [Monday] and assigned to committee,” Holcomb told Decaturish. “It begins the conversation about changing the form of government.”

The bill also introduces term limits. Under the proposed legislation, a commissioner could serve no more than three consecutive four-year terms. A chairperson would be limited to two terms in office. Commissioners and chairpersons would also have to resign from office if they decide to seek another elected position.

Here is the copy of the bill, provided by Rep. Holcomb:


The CEO’s position has come under scrutiny in recent years. Former CEO Burrell Ellis was convicted and sentenced to five years on corruption charges. A recent report on corruption in DeKalb County called on Interim CEO Lee May to resign. May recently confirmed he will not be seeking reelection to the post, according to 11 Alive.

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