The panel consists of Lisa Allen, Lithonia resident and community activist, Rosalind Newell, Stone Mountain resident and attorney, and District 84 State Rep. Rahn Mayo, D-Decatur.
District 5 serves about 145,000 residents. A total of 20 people responded to advertisements: Tarnisha Dent, George Turner, Jr., Gina Smith Mangham, Charles Smith Hill, Kenneth R. Saunders III, Markus J. Butts, Kathryn T. Rice, Randal Mangham, Faye Coffield, Jacqueline Tumbling, Pierre Louis, Melvin D. Mitchell, Belinda M. Myers, Harmel Deanne Codi, Joscelyn C. O’Neil, Andre R. White, Geraldine A. Champion, Kamau K. Mason, Angela Moore and Wendolyn Peters.
Presently, the roster is being reviewed to ensure all candidates meet the minimum qualifications of being at least 21 years of age, a citizen of this state, a resident of the geographic area encompassed by District 5 at the time of application and a resident of DeKalb County for at least 12 months prior to appointment.
The panel will review all qualified applicants to narrow the field to two qualified candidates. Of these, May will submit a candidate to the board of commissioners for consideration.
“I expect to have the panel’s recommendations by the end of the month, then be able to make a nomination to the board of commissioners within the first two weeks of August, if not sooner,” May said.
The term of service for the eventual interim District 5 commissioner will begin upon approval by the board and continue until Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis’ suspension is terminated or the need for the candidate ends, whichever is earlier. The interim commissioner shall receive the normal salary rate of an elected commissioner.