DeKalb Schools: Chief legal officer now among departures

Jennifer Hackemeyer
Jennifer Hackemeyer

Jennifer Hackemeyer, the DeKalb County School District's chief legal officer since 2016, is no longer employed by the district, officials confirmed Monday.

Hackemeyer left on Dec. 31. District officials said Marissa Key is the district’s interim chief legal affairs officer until a replacement can be hired.

Of Superintendent Steve Green's 10 cabinet members, not including regional superintendents, four positions are currently held by interim officers. Knox Phillips was elevated to his position as associate superintendent in the spring, as was Chief Academic Officer Stacey Stepney. Chief Human Capital Management Officer Bernice Gregory arrived to the district in April 2018 from another school district.

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Hackemeyer came to the district from the Georgia Department of Education. She served as general counsel when the Georgia Board of Education recommended six members of the DeKalb County Board of Education be removed for poor governance practices.

Hackemeyer was hired through a search firm process for several high-level positions that eventually went to people who had worked with Superintendent Steve Green in his previous school district in Kansas City, and others Green said had been staff recommendations.