DeKalb County’s chief executive officer, district attorney, solicitor general, police department and sheriff’s office all have public information officers. But not the Board of Commissioners.
Commissioners want “to be able to give the transparency that we’ve talked about for a long time,” said Commissioner Elaine Boyer. “I’ve served on the board for 20 years and we’ve never had any committee meetings taped or had the ability to show the community what we’re doing and how we’re doing and how we’re spending their money.”
At her request, Boyer’s chief of staff recently started recording, broadcasting and posting commissioners’ committee meetings online. In these meetings, commissioners hear reports from various county department heads and staff members and have the opportunity to vet out the proposals of the county administration before voting on the items during the board’s regular meetings.
“Let’s face it; this is where all