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Drake is new face on Decatur commission
by Noreen Cochran
April 03, 2013 09:28 AM | 3096 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Recently elected Decatur City Commissioner Scott Drake in the commissioners’ room at city hall.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Recently elected Decatur City Commissioner Scott Drake in the commissioners’ room at city hall.
Scott Drake beat opponent Greg Coleson at the polls last month in a close 14-vote victory to win Bill Floyd’s unexpired term on the five-member Decatur City Commission.

Drake was sworn in Monday for a term ending in 2015. His salary will be $4,800.

Floyd stepped down in December to join Dunwoody-based Pendleton Consulting Group; in January, mayor pro tem Jim Baskett took over Floyd’s concurrent role as mayor.

Drake, a lifelong Decatur resident, said even without a political track record, he has been “exposed to the process of how the city is run.”

“Dad served two terms on city commission and two terms as mayor,” he said about John Walter Drake, an attorney with Decatur law firm McCurdy & Candler.

The 37-year-old director of client services at Sol Design said his father taught him about their city.

“Decatur’s very unique in the sense that I don’t see Decatur as being very politic-driven. I think it’s more idea-driven and listening-driven,” Drake said.

The husband of Lindsey and father of daughters McLaine, 6, and Emma, 2, said he realizes family activities will be affected by his new responsibilities.

“The biggest hardship is the time it takes away from your family,” Drake said, “But that balances out with giving to the community you love.”

City Director of Active Living Cheryl Burnette nominated Drake in 2008 as a Hometown Hero, praising his volunteer spirit.

“Scott has served on a large number of Decatur committees where he is frequently the chairperson,” she wrote in her nomination.

Burnette said Drake excelled in the Decatur Business Association, citing his work on its Decatur Beach Party fundraiser as an example.

“Under Scott’s direction, sponsorship dollars increased, as well as attendance,” she said. “Scott’s marketing background was useful in making important changes, such as selling tickets online.”

The 1997 graduate of the University of Mississippi said he also can learn from Floyd, who endorsed Drake for commissioner.

“Bill was on the commission for 21 years. We all respected Bill’s approach, how he conducted himself and served as mayor,” Drake said. “It’s an honor to be at his feet.”

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