I'm interested in getting an idea of whether the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff community supports DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. He – and his post – have ruffled some feathers in some parts of the county. A Sunday story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covers that ground pretty well.
From the story, which previews the July 31 primary for his job:
With no Republican in the race, this month's vote will decide the election, barring a runoff. While pundits say Ellis is the favorite, the campaign has amplified rumblings about his first term. Beyond that, it has revived debate on an issue larger than any one official: Whether DeKalb's unconventional form of government — a CEO elected countywide and seven commissioners representing smaller parts of it — breeds conflict.
Some want to do away with the CEO position and replace it with a county manager hired by and answerable to the commission. The county CEO form of government is uncommon in Georgia, as most other counties empower the commission to run the government.
Check out the rest of the story. It includes quick profiles of Ellis' opponents.