Michael Thurmond is DeKalb CEO Democratic nominee

Michael Thurmond won the democratic ticket for the office of DeKalb County CEO. Photo by Carla Parker

The man who helped save the DeKalb County School District was chosen as the Democratic nominee in the DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer race. As of press time Michael Thurmond had received 71.83 percent of votes. Runner-up Connie Stokes received 25.69 percent and Joe Bembry received 2.48 percent. Thurmond, who held his victory celebration at […]

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County CEO among contested positions in May 24 primary


Approximately 7,400 residents have already voted on nominees for various positions up for grabs during the 2016 election cycle. Contested positions in DeKalb include the county’s chief executive officer, sheriff, district attorney, solicitor general, commissioners for Districts 4 and 6, tax commissioner, two Superior Court judgeships and a State Court judgeship. Additionally, eight state representative […]

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Ex-judge tries to unseat incumbent State Court judge

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compiled by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com   A former traffic and State Court judge wants to unseat an incumbent State Court judge who has been on the bench for six years. Roderick Bridges, an attorney and former State Court judge, is running against State Court judge Dax Lopez. The two will face each other in the […]

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Five law enforcement pros challenging current sheriff

Cheriff's Candidates 2016

compiled by Andrew Cauthen Six people with various types of law enforcement experience want to be DeKalb County’s next sheriff.The seat is currently held by Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, who has been in the position since March 2014 after former Sheriff Thomas Brown resigned to seek another office. Mann is seeking re-election.Voters will go to the […]

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Brookhaven announces finalist for city manager

Brookhaven announces finalist for city manager

Brookhaven announced May 6 that Christian Sigman is the finalist to be the city’s second city manager. Sigman will succeed former city manager Marie Garrett, who resigned in January and reached a settlement with the city. Sigman will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city and the management and direction of its 150 […]

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County CEO position up for grabs

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  Two former state lawmakers, a frequent political candidate and a retired businessman want to be elected as DeKalb County’s next chief executive officer. Former state senator Connie Stokes and former representative Mike Thurmond join automotive services business owner Joe Bembry in the Democratic primary for the CEO’s position. The winner of this contest will […]

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Ethics board may restrict public access to complaints

Stacey Kalberman, the county’s new ethics officer, has asked the state attorney general for an advisory opinion about restricting access to ethics complaints. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Residents and local media are questioning plans by the DeKalb County ethics board to keep ethics complaints secret until it holds informal hearings on them during public meetings. According to rules that the ethics board passed in January, each complaint will be considered a “separate pending investigation at the time it is reported” and the […]

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New county government center planned for Memorial Drive

The pending sale of the county’s Clark Harrison building in Decatur is part of a plan to construct a new government center on Memorial Drive. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Although it would be years before it’s constructed, DeKalb County officials are making preliminary plans to locate a new government center on Memorial Drive. Located at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Kensington Road, the $90 million building would be eight stories and have 300,000 square feet. It would replace the county’s Maloof and Clark […]

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