Five City Commissioners are elected in nonpartisan elections for overlapping four-year terms - two from District 1, two from District 2, and one At-Large. Each January, Commissioners elect two of their fellow members to serve as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.
Duties of the Commissioners
The City Commissioners determine the policies of the City and enact the local laws necessary for the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. They provide leadership in identifying community needs and developing programs to meet community objectives. They oversee the delivery of services to citizens and are responsible for adoption of an annual budget and the levying of taxes necessary to finance local government operations.
The City Commissioners appoint the members of a number of boards and commissions who carry out responsibilities specified by state law, the City charter, and local ordinances, including the Decatur Housing Authority, Zoning Board of Appeals, Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Environmental Sustainability Board, and Active Living Board.
The City Commission appoints Municipal Court Judges and the City Attorney. The four judges are Berryl A. Anderson, Lindsay R.M. Jones, Robert Leitch, and Rhathelia Stroud. The three substitute judges are Andrew T. Rogers, Thomas Stubbs, and Tisha Tallman. The City Attorney is Bryan Downs.
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.
Meet the Commissioners
First elected November 1995
Term expires 2015
Jim Baskett was elected Mayor in 2013. He was elected to the City Commission in 1995 and served as Mayor Pro Tem for ten years from 2002-2012. As Commissioner he has served on the Taskforces for Greenspace, Infill Housing, and Scottish Rite redevelopment, Zoning Update, Preservation Corridor and the Woodlands Committee.
He is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and the Regional Leadership Institute. A Founder of the DeKalb Library Foundation, he served as chair of the DeKalb County Library System Board of Trustees. He also served on the Board of Directors of Our House, Inc., Leadership DeKalb, and the Heart Association. He is a past president of the South Candler Street Neighborhood Association and was active in the Winnona Park Neighbors Association.
After graduating from The Candler School of Theology, he studied social ethics and political thought at Emory University. Jim and his wife, Mickey, live in the historic South Candler district and can be seen around town driving their electric GEM car. Now retired, they owned a book production company for many years.
Mayor Pro Tem
First elected November 1999
Term expires 2015
Kecia Cunningham was elected to the City Commission in 1999 and was elected Mayor Pro Tem in 2013. She graduated from Agnes Scott College and has claimed Decatur as home since the late 1980's. Kecia is active with the Georgia Municipal Association and has served on the boards of the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, DeKalb Rape Crisis Center and CHRIS Homes.
Kecia is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and Leadership Atlanta, as well as the Atlanta Regional Commission's (ARC) Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership Georgia. Her awards include the Human Rights Campaign Community Leadership award, Who's Who in Black Atlanta, and Agnes Scott College's Outstanding Young Alumna.
First Elected November 2001
Term expires 2017
Fred Boykin was elected to the Decatur City Commission in 2001. Prior to his election, he served on the Decatur Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, and was active in the Decatur Business Association serving as its president in 1996 and 1997. Fred served on the Board of Trustees of the DeKalb County Library System from 1998 - 2007 and as chair in 2004 and 2005. He is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and received a Decatur Hometown Hero award in 1997.
Fred is a past member of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Board of Directors, the Steering Committee of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, the Georgia DOT Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee, and the Georgia Planning Commission. He also served on the Board of Directors of Our House, Inc. and Leadership DeKalb. Currently he serves on the Board of Georgia Bikes!, Georgia's statewide bicycle advocacy organization. He received the 2004 League of American Bicyclists Advocate of the Year Award and the 2005 Bicycle Retailer & Industry News Advocate of the Year (Retail).
A graduate of Emory University, he is the owner of Bicycle South, Inc., a Decatur-area business since 1972.
First Elected November 2009
Term expires 2017
Patti Garrett was elected to the City Commission in 2009. She has been active in the community since moving to Decatur in 2001. She has served as chair of the Decatur Tour of Homes committee, house captain on the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project, a board member of the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, and as secretary of the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. She attends Decatur First United Methodist Church and has served on its board of trustees.
Patti is a 2012 graduate of Leadership DeKalb, a member of the 2010 class of the Regional Leadership Institute and serves on the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). A graduate of Texas Christian University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Patti teaches nutrition at Georgia State University, works as a Clinical Dietitian at Emory University Health Services, and is active in the Atlanta Local Food Initiative network. Patti also received the 2010 Georgia Dietetic Association Distinguished Service to a Community Award.
Elected March 2013
Term expires 2015
Born and raised in Decatur, and a graduate of Druid Hills High School, Scott has been an active member of Decatur organizations throughout his professional life. He has served in the Decatur Business Association since 1998, as a board member from 2004-2013 and as president in 2010. Scott also served on the board of directors of Our House, a non-profit organization supporting homeless families with children in Metro Atlanta, from 2005-2012. In addition, Scott has participated in many community-building Decatur events, chairing committees for the DBA Decatur Beach Party and DBA Concerts on the Square, and serving as a volunteer for the Decatur Arts Festival from 2003-2007. Scott was honored as a Decatur Hometown Hero in 2008. He is currently a member of the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative Project Steering Committee (PSC).
Scott received his B.A. in public relations and political science from the University of Mississippi. He is an owner of Pure, a full service filling station in downtown Decatur, as well as the director of client services at SolDesign in Inman Park. He lives in Decatur with his wife Lindsey and two daughters, McLaine and Emma.