Council Briefs: Public Trust Task Force; council chambers renamed; new Chief of Staff; performance bonuses

Councilmember Marci Overstreet has introduced legislation for Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that would create the City of Atlanta Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust, which will evaluate the efficacy of the city’s current legislative and administrative policies and procedure related to ethics, transparency, and compliance. The Task Force will consist of 10 members from the public and private sectors who are experienced in government, corporate ethics and/or compliance. Five members will be appointed by the mayor, including one former prosecutor, one member of academia who specializes in the areas of government and corporate transparency, one former local government attorney, one Atlanta resident, and one former judge. City Council will have five appointments from the same sectors.

The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed two resolutions to rename its chambers at City Hall during Monday’s meeting. The current chamber has been renamed in honor of Fulton County Judge and former Council President Marvin S. Arrington Sr., while the old chamber has been named for former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell. Post 1 At-Large Council member Michael Julian Bond, who sponsored the resolutions, had high praise for each official. “Both men are Atlanta legends who have left an indelible imprint and set a standard for all elected officials who followed them to meet,” said Bond. “There has never been a time when I haven’t known them to be tremendously, intrinsically and civically active. It is appropriate that they receive this honor.”

Carmen Chubb

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the appointment of Carmen Chubb as the new Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta. Chubb is the current Deputy Commissioner for Housing at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, where she has served for more than 25 years. During her tenure with the State, Chubb led all statewide programs and resources for affordable housing. Chubb joined Georgia Housing and Finance Authority (GHFA) in 1990 as an Accounting Manager, before the agency merged with the Department of Community Affairs in 1996.

The Atlanta City Council passed legislation expanding oversight of the awarding of performance bonuses for city personnel. Under the new legislation, bonuses are restricted to full-time employees; no employee may receive more than one performance bonus per year; and no employee may receive a performance bonus payment in a gross amount over 10 percent of the employee’s annual base salary. Prior to the award of any bonus, the Chief Financial Officer must certify that sufficient funds are available for that department.

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