Reid told the AJC that “there has been no talk” of Coleman taking on the role full-time.
“We anticipate conducting a search for the position when the time is right,” Reid said.
Kenneth E. Coleman. VIA DEKALB CHAMBER
Coleman's predecessor, Taylor, left the Chamber in October to become the executive director of WorkSource Atlanta, the city's troubled job training agency. Taylor had led the Chamber for about five years — taking over permanently after a fifth-month stint as interim president and CEO.
Taylor also has led the ongoing campaign to restore the original name of Commerce Drive in downtown Decatur; a portion of that road was once named Oliver Street after a successful African-American businessman who died in 1906.
During his 25-year career, Coleman has held a number of positions with Southern Company, the parent company of Georgia Power and many other utility providers. The New Jersey native also played minor league baseball for several years.
“It hasn’t taken long to discover the positive energy and can-do spirit of our community,” Coleman wrote in a recent email newsletter to Chamber members. “I am really proud to be a part of this great organization with more than 80 years of service to DeKalb.”