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Decatur mayor joins Atlanta Regional Commission board

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Decatur mayor joins Atlanta Regional Commission board

City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett speaks during the lighting of the Decatur Menorah by Chabad Intown on Sunday, Dec. 5. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Atlanta, GA — Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett, and eight other elected and citizen leaders, were sworn in on Jan. 12 to serve on the board of the Atlanta Regional Commission. The board has 41 members and oversees the agency’s efforts to improve quality of life in metro Atlanta and plan for the region’s successful future, according to a press release.

“As mayor of Decatur, it is an honor for me to represent the DeKalb County mayors on the Board of the Atlanta Regional Commission,” Garrett said. “The vision and real impacts of the ARC shape the entire region, including DeKalb County and all its residents. The county and its cities likewise play a key role in shaping the Atlanta region, and I am looking forward to participating in the planning, visioning and actions as we all move through exciting years ahead.”

The other eight new members are:

– Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens

– Stockbridge Mayor Anthony Ford

– Forsyth County Chairman Alfred John

– Amol Naik, who represents Citizen District 4, which includes portions of Atlanta and Fulton County

– Thomas (Tom) Meinhart, who represents Citizen District 12, which includes portions of Forsyth and Fulton counties

– Michelle Cooper Kelly, who represents Citizen District 13, which includes a portion of Cobb County

– Tangela Jones, who represents Citizen District 14, which includes portions of Cherokee and Cobb counties

– Steve Stancil, who represent  Citizen District 15, which includes portions of Cherokee and Fulton counties

“We are excited to welcome our new board members to the regional planning table. Their fresh perspectives will help inform our ongoing work supporting the Atlanta region,” said ARC Board Chair Kerry Armstrong.

The ARC Board consists of the county commission chair from the 11 member counties, the mayor and a council member from the city of Atlanta, and a mayor from each of the 11 counties, with the exception of Fulton County, which has two mayoral representatives.

The board also includes 15 citizen members selected by the board’s elected officials and a representative from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

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