On Tuesday, July 31, voters approved the incorporation of Georgia’s newest city and DeKalb County’s largest city with 49,000 residents and 12 square miles.
The idea for a City of Brookhaven was born of the belief in representation by people who actually live in our community and in keeping our tax dollars local, providing services that are truly focused on the needs of our community, and operating efficiently with full transparency.
What Happens Next?
As prescribed in the city charter, Governor Nathan Deal will soon appoint a Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven.
The purpose of the commission is to facilitate creation of the city structure by researching and making recommendations for the start of city services and location of city offices. The commission will have five members with at least one from each of the four city council districts; one will be designated to act as chair. The commission’s actions are advisory and non-binding; they will not adopt laws. To facilitate the first elections, the commission will conduct a training seminar for all qualified candidates for mayor and city council.
Citizen Task Forces
Citizen Task Forces have been formed to assist the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven. We are seeking volunteers who have expertise and/or experience in Zoning & Planning, Police, Parks & Recreation, Roads & Drainage, and Finance. If you have interest, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will pass your name along to the Governor’s Commission after Governor Deal makes his appointments.
Brookhaven’s First Elections
The qualifying period for candidates seeking office begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 13, and ends at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. You can learn more about the qualification process by clicking here.
Brookhaven’s first elections for mayor and four (4) city council members will be Tuesday, November 6. Click here to see a map of the city council districts. Candidates for the city council must reside in their respective districts.
Candidate Orientation Session
The Dunwoody Crier has organized an orientation session for prospective mayor and city council candidates. It will be this Saturday, August 11, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Gable Hall of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church on Ashford Dunwoody Road.
Topics to be covered include the qualifying process, campaign finance disclosure and compliance, running a campaign, and most importantly, what it takes to serve as mayor or on the city council of a brand new city.
On that final topic, a panel of first members of the city councils of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Johns Creek will be on hand to share their experiences and answer your questions.
When does the new City of Brookhaven open for business?
The City of Brookhaven will officially “open its doors” on Monday, December 17.
This is an exciting and historic time! We encourage everyone to participate and help make the City of Brookhaven a vibrant and successful city of which we can all be proud.