Commissioner Kathie Gannon sent around this announcement…
The results of last year’s elections in DeKalb came into focus on Tuesday when a new Board of Commissioners elected Kathie Gannon as presiding officer. At the first Board of Commissioners meeting of the year, the Board selects its presiding officer who chairs the Board meetings and establishes the Board agenda. Gannon, who represents the western half of DeKalb County, replaces Larry Johnson who had served as presiding officer for 7 of the past 8 years.
“I’m honored to have been chosen by my peers, and I thank Commissioner Larry Johnson for his dedicated service” said Gannon. “My goal is to improve how the Board of Commissioners work. In our form of government the CEO is responsible for the day to day operations of the departments. The Board of Commissioners establishes policies.”
Gannon has immediately called for a Board retreat to reach a consensus on which policies the Board will address first. “There are plenty of issues we must consider: police retention, dilapidated housing, economic development, funding for roads and transportation, and more. I want our Board to reach a consensus on what we tackle first. Then I want to use our committees to focus on them, hear from experts and find solutions” Said Gannon.
Kathie Gannon represents approximately 350,000 citizens in the western half of DeKalb County. She is one of two Super District Commissioners. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners is comprised of five district commissioners and two super districts. She was re-elected in 2016 to a fourth term.