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Thurmond creates DeKalb charter review by executive order

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond announced today that he will issue an executive order to create a Charter Review Commission that will study the county’s unique form of government and recommend changes.

The move is supported by Jeff Rader, the presiding officer of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners, DeKalb Senate Delegation Chairman Emanuel Jones and Rep. Howard Mosby, chairman of the DeKalb House Delegation. All four men signed off on a memo codifying Thurmond’s decision.

Mosby said he considered Thurmond’s decision a sign that DeKalb is ready to solve its own issues and called it an unprecedented partnership between the various levels of government.

The commission will convene starting June 1 and with be authorized for two years. In the meantime, proposals pending in the General Assembly to create a similar commission will be put on hold.

DeKalb is the only county in Georgia with an elected chief executive officer who runs the government.

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