The public nature of the process puts pressure on the commission to resolve its stalemate and give residents representation.
“We’re going to have it as open and transparent as we possibly can so we can get someone in that seat,” said Commissioner Larry Johnson, the board’s presiding officer.
An election can’t be held to pick a commissioner for the southeast DeKalb seat because May was elected to that post and hasn’t resigned it, leaving the decision in the hands of the six remaining commissioners from across the county.
Commissioners rejected two of May’s nominees last month so that they could take sole control of the selection, as outlined under state law.
Several commissioners opposed May’s first nominee, involved community member George Turner, because they didn’t want May choosing his own successor. Then last week, the commission and May voted down his second nominee, Greenhaven cityhood leader Kathryn Rice, so the commission could handle the process.
The candidate chosen for the job would serve as a temporary commissioner at least until the charges against Ellis are resolved. Prosecutors have accused Ellis of extorting campaign contributions from county contractors, and his retrial is scheduled for June 1.
How to watch
The DeKalb County Commission plans to interview five candidates to represent the southeastern part of the county Tuesday. The interviews will begin after the commission's regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. The meeting and interviews will also be live-streamed online at http://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/dctv/.