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.
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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.
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.
Budget & Performance Measurement Manager
The Budget & Performance Measurement Manager works on special projects assigned by the city manager and the assistant city managers. She is instrumental in helping prepare the City’s budget, manages the City's performance measurement program, assists with emergency planning efforts, and coordinates the Citizen Request Management system. 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.
Resource Conservation Coordinator
Lena became the City's first Resource Conservation Coordinator in September, 2009. Prior to accepting the position, Lena was the City's first ICMA Local Government Management Fellow. Lena is responsible for the city's "green" tasks such as organizing energy audits of all city facilities, implementing programs to reduce municipal utility costs, serving as the primary contact for environmental initiatives, and staffing the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board. Lena is also responsible for working across departments to create a more efficient purchasing system and promoting sustainability among staff and the community. Lena received her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University and her Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
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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