Atlanta Mayor Dickens launching national search for three new department leaders

January 14, 2022 Atlanta: City of Atlanta DOT Commissioner, Josh Rowan (left) talks to Mayor, Andre Dickens (right) about snow preparations at the ATL DOT North Avenue Facility in Atlanta on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 where preparations include, 40 pieces of snow equipment, with more available through contractor support. 300 employees, 150 per shift. 22,500 gallons of brine, 5,550 tons of salt, 200 tons of gravel and 150 tons of sand. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist, Brian Monahan said the storm will begin as rain for most of North Georgia on Saturday night, and the northeast mountains will be the first to transition to a wintry mix early Sunday morning. The mix will expand to the west throughout the morning, with snow, sleet and freezing rain continuing all day Sunday, he said. Temperatures are not expected to leave the 30s. As of Friday, meteorologists said I-20 looks to be the dividing line between wintry weather and just rain. Heavy rain is expected for neighborhoods to the south. Those north of Lake Lanier have the best chance of Òsignificant accumulating snow,Ó according to Channel 2. By the end of the day Sunday, that area could record 2 to 5 inches of snowfall and a quarter-inch of ice, according to the latest forecast. Higher elevations in the mountains could see 6 to 10 inches of snow. Snowfall is expected in Atlanta, but the jury is still out as to just how much. According to Channel 2, it has been 1,457 days since there was measurable snowfall at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the second-longest no-snow streak since a 1,477-day stretch between 1948 and 1952. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

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January 14, 2022 Atlanta: City of Atlanta DOT Commissioner, Josh Rowan (left) talks to Mayor, Andre Dickens (right) about snow preparations at the ATL DOT North Avenue Facility in Atlanta on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 where preparations include, 40 pieces of snow equipment, with more available through contractor support. 300 employees, 150 per shift. 22,500 gallons of brine, 5,550 tons of salt, 200 tons of gravel and 150 tons of sand. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist, Brian Monahan said the storm will begin as rain for most of North Georgia on Saturday night, and the northeast mountains will be the first to transition to a wintry mix early Sunday morning. The mix will expand to the west throughout the morning, with snow, sleet and freezing rain continuing all day Sunday, he said. Temperatures are not expected to leave the 30s. As of Friday, meteorologists said I-20 looks to be the dividing line between wintry weather and just rain. Heavy rain is expected for neighborhoods to the south. Those north of Lake Lanier have the best chance of Òsignificant accumulating snow,Ó according to Channel 2. By the end of the day Sunday, that area could record 2 to 5 inches of snowfall and a quarter-inch of ice, according to the latest forecast. Higher elevations in the mountains could see 6 to 10 inches of snow. Snowfall is expected in Atlanta, but the jury is still out as to just how much. According to Channel 2, it has been 1,457 days since there was measurable snowfall at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the second-longest no-snow streak since a 1,477-day stretch between 1948 and 1952. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens is launching a national search to hire three new department leaders as he continues shaping his leadership team one month into his term.

Out are Chief Procurement Officer Martin Clarke; Parks and Recreation Commissioner John Dargle Jr.; and Human Resources Commissioner Jeffrey Brenton Norman. A mayor’s office spokesman said the city will conduct a national search for the replacements.

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“Consistent with previous administrations, the Mayor has met with department leaders to evaluate the needs and priorities of this administration,” a mayor’s spokesman said in a recent statement, adding that Dickens thanked the three outgoing officials for their service.

The three men have only been in their current positions at City Hall for a few years.

Clarke joined Atlanta as a senior assistant city attorney in 2005 before he became chief procurement officer in May 2020. Norman was hired as an associate city attorney in 1999, and he worked his way up to become the HR commissioner in June 2019. The city hired Dargle for his role in October 2018.

The three will likely continue working for the city throughout the search process, which is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

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News of the shakeup comes just hours after the city announced that Planning Commissioner Tim Keane is leaving on Feb. 18 and taking a similar job with a different city. Deputy Planning Commissioner Janide Sidifall will serve as interim commissioner after Keane leaves.

It is unclear if the Dickens administration will conduct a national search for Keane’s replacement.