How Would Decatur Go About Popularly Electing Its Mayor?Decatur Metro | April 25, 2012 | 12:08 pm
At this year’s State of the City Address, you may recall Mayor Bill Floyd suggested that Decatur should alter its charter so that the mayor was elected by the city’s populace instead of being appointed by the City Commission. But, how would the city commission go about making this change if they wanted to?
City Manager Peggy Merriss fills us in…
The City’s Charter would have to be amended by a local act of the General Assembly. Generally, the City Commission would forward a request (often through a resolution) to the DeKalb delegation who would have to introduce the legislation. Also, legislation changing the terms of office would not be effective until the next election after adoption of the amendment.