Decatur Re-Elects Patti Garrett and Tony Powers as Mayor and Mayor Pro-TemSeated left to right: Mayor Pro Tem Tony Powers, Mayor Patti Garrett and City Manager Andrea Arnold. Photo by Cathi Harris
By Cathi Harris, contributor
At its first meeting of 2019, the Decatur City Commission unanimously re-elected District 2 Commissioner Patti Garrett to continue to serve as mayor, and At-Large Commissioner Tony Powers to serve as mayor pro tempore.
Decatur does not directly vote for its mayor or mayor pro tem, but the elected commissioners vote each year to decide which of them will serve in these capacities. Mayor Garrett was first elected to the commission in 2009 and elected as Mayor Pro Tempore in 2015. She was elected mayor for the first time in 2016 and each year since then. Mayor Pro Tempore Powers was elected to the commission in 2015 and first elected as mayor pro tempore in 2018.
This was also the first commission meeting administered by new City Manager Andrea Arnold. Arnold has been with the city since 1997 and served as assistant city manager since 2004.
“I am honored to serve as mayor for 2019,” Garrett said at the meeting. “We [the commissioners] look forward to working together this year.”
In other business, the commission:
– Awarded the Decorate Decatur trophy to the Woolley family of Harold Byrd drive for winning the annual contest for best holiday decorations.
– Voted to grant an alcoholic beverage license to owner Sean Crotty for Kelly’s Market, 432 Howard Avenue. The license will allow both retail sale of beer and wine as well as serving beer and wine on the premises.
– Re-appointed Bryan Downs of the law firm Wilson, Morton and Downs to serve as city attorney.
The commission also re-appointed Chief Municipal Court Judge Rhathelia Stroud, and fellow Municipal Court Judges Berryl A. Anderson, Matthew McCoyd, and Hollie Manheimer.
All Decatur municipal judges are appointed to one-year terms. In addition to the above judges, the city appoints to substitute judges to fill in when the others are unavailable. The commission re-appointed substitute Municipal Court Judge Charles Bailey to another term, and appointed attorney F. Robert Slotkin, Jr. as a second substitute judge. Slotkin will replace outgoing substitute judge Robert Leitch. After serving with the city court for 24 years, Leitch retired this year.