Decatur has operated under a commission-manager form of government since 1920. The charter of the City of Decatur establishes the City Commission as the governing and legislative authority of the city government. Day-to-day operations of the city's various departments and implementation of policies established by the City Commission are the responsibility of the City Manager, a professional administrator appointed by the City Commission.

Commission-Manager Form of Government

Under a system of local government called the council-manager form, the elected officials are the community leaders and policy makers who establish a vision for their city, town, or county, and who hire the manager to carry out policy and ensure that all residents are being equitably served. The manager coordinates the work of department heads and other employees, who help ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of services. The manager serves at the pleasure of the commission and has responsibility for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and serving as the Commission's chief policy advisor.


City Organization

City Organization


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Peggy MerrisPeggy Merriss
City Manager
The City Commission hires a full-time professional administrator, the City Manager, who supervises and manages the daily operations of the City. Decatur's current city manager is Peggy Merriss who has worked for the City since 1983. She served for six years as personnel director, four years as Assistant City Manager, and has been in her current position since 1993. She received a BA in political science from Converse College and a master's degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Hugh SaxonHugh Saxon
Deputy City Manager
Saxon supervises the City of Decatur’s capital improvement and construction management programs. He was employed as Decatur’s director of economic development in 1977, became public works director in 1989, and was appointed deputy city manager in 2004.

Meredith Roark 2Meredith Roark
City Clerk
The City Clerk handles the City elections and public records retention. She is also instrumental in helping prepare the City’s budget, manages the City's performance measurement program, assists with emergency planning efforts, and coordinates the bi-annual citizen survey. She began in May 2006 as a summer intern and accepted a permanent position in May 2007. Meredith has a BBA in economics from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in public policy from Georgia Tech.

Location and Office Hours
Decatur City Hall, second floor
509 North McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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