Special election set for commission seat

Former DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson resigned to run for tax commissioner. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners won’t get a replacement Super District 7 commissioner until voters go to the polls in November. The county’s Board of Elections voted March 21 to hold the special election in November with the general election instead of holding it on May 24 with the primary. A special election is […]

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DeKalb interim CEO: County is ‘strong’

From left, WSB-TV news anchor Erin Coleman interviews interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May for his State of the County address on March 10. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

“Strong.”That was interim DeKalb County Lee May’s one-word description of DeKalb County during his State of the County address on March 10. And it is a legacy he hopes to leave. “I don’t know if I’m as concerned about history remembering my name…but I really want to know for myself that we—not just me, but […]

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Watson resigns to run for tax commissioner


DeKalb County Super District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson has resigned his position to run for another county office. Watson, who was first elected as a county commissioner since 2010, qualified to run for tax commissioner March 11. Because of his candidacy, Watson resigned from his commission seat the same day as required by state law. […]

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DeKalb commissioners approve new ethics officer

There still is no commissioner for DeKalb’s District 5. Photo by Travis Hudgons

DeKalb County Commissioners voted 6-0, with one abstention, to approve the appointment of Stacey Kalberman as county’s new ethics officer on March 8. Kalberman, of Decatur, served as executive director of the Georgia Ethics Commission from April 2010 to October 2011. She won $700,000 in a lawsuit against Georgia’s ethics commission after claiming that her salary was  and deputy removed for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.  According to the Associated Press, “Kalberman […]

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Interim CEO to deliver final state of the county address

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May introduced a “new covenant” to restore trust in government. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May will deliver his 2016 State of the County address during two events on March 10. May will address the business community during a luncheon, Thursday, March 10, at 11:30 a.m., at the Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center, 2500 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta. WSB-TV news anchor Erin Coleman will […]

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County budget includes public safety pay raises

DeKalb County’s Board of Commissioners passed the 2016 budget Feb. 25 which includes pay increases for police, fire, sanitation, watershed and E911 employees. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County commissioners voted 4-3 to approve the county’s 2016 budget of $1.32 billion, which includes $5.2 million in pay increases for police, fire, 911, sanitation and watershed employees. The  salary raises, which will affect approximately 2,800 employees, will go into effect in May. There will be a “4 percent across-the-board increase for all employees […]

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One DeKalb CEO candidate drops out


A former MARTA employee and past candidate for county commission and CEO, has decided to drop his candidacy for DeKalb County CEO. Calvin Sims, who currently serves on DeKalb County Parks and Cultural Affairs Citizen Advisory Board, stated in an email to The Champion, “I am writing to inform you that I have withdrawn my […]

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Thurmond to join race for county CEO


Mike Thurmond is planning to run for the county’s top government position. “Hopefully we can get DeKalb back on track,” said Thurmond in a phone interview with The Champion before releasing a statement later in the day officially announcing his candidacy for the DeKalb CEO position. Thurmond is a former state labor commissioner who served […]

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