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Eaves steps down as head of Fulton County Commission

Ellis to hold post until voters elect new chairman

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ATLANTA – Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves resigned his seat Aug. 23, citing plans to run for Atlanta mayor this fall. Eaves first took office as chairman in 2007, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

Vice Chairman Bob Ellis, District 2, will serve as the commission’s interim chairman until a replacement is elected in November to fill out the term, which ends Dec. 31, 2018.

“I offer my sincere thanks to Chairman Eaves for his years of service to Fulton County,” Ellis said. “Together, we have launched key initiatives to improve county government and better serve our citizens. I assure you that those initiatives will continue in the months ahead as we work to improve the programs and services we offer in the state’s largest county.”

Ellis gained notoriety recently by joining with Eaves to campaign against the 2017 property assessments mailed to residents in June. Ellis and Eaves hosted close to a dozen town hall meetings, many across North Fulton, to address large increases in property values assigned to homeowners.

That protest ultimately resulted in a successful move by the County Commission to roll back residential property assessments to 2016 levels.

“It’s amazing what we got done during the 10 years I was leading our state’s largest county and it’s one million residents,” Eaves said. “Now, that the county is safer, healthier, smarter and economically stronger, it is time for me to continue my service at City Hall.”

The Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections is expected to hold a special called meeting soon to formally call for the election and to establish the qualifying period.

—Patrick Fox


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