Atlanta mayor announces key appointments in her administration

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a press conference at the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. office space in downtown Atlanta, Friday, May 21, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a press conference at the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. office space in downtown Atlanta, Friday, May 21, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Tuesday five new appointments to top jobs in her administration, including a new leader at the world’s busiest airport.

Balram Bheodari, who previously served as the airport’s deputy manager, has been promoted to general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Bheodari retired from the U.S. Army with 22 years of active military service in the aviation branch, where he was an instrument-rated aviator.

Bottoms also promoted Mohamed Balla to chief financial officer. Balla is replacing Roosevelt Council, who recently announced his retirement.

Balla’s new role will begin July 7. He recently served as deputy commissioner in the city’s Office of Financial Administration. He also served as Atlanta’s cash and investment manager.

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The mayor also named three other people to fill roles in the her administration, effectively immediately.

Jason Sankey is Atlanta’s new chief information officer. Sankey previously served as the chief information officer in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. He spent 13 years as vice president at Citigroup in New York City and Columbus, Ohio. He was also chief information officer for the Franklin County Clerk of Courts.

Jeffrey Norman was named the permanent Human Resources commissioner. He has served in the role as interim commissioner since June 2019. He has also served the city as an associate attorney, deputy city attorney, and the chief compliance officer.

Lastly, Jason Ingram is joining Atlanta City Hall as the deputy chief operating officer. He previously served as chief policy advisor and executive director of the Civil Service Commission for Baltimore’s Human Resources department.

The appointments, all of which were announced in a Tuesday evening press release, come in the final months of Bottoms’ first term. The mayor announced last month that she will not seek reelection.

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