CHAMBLEE, GA, July 18 – Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May attended Thursdays Chamblee Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting where he addressed the local business community. Mayors, Elected Officials, City Officials, County Officials and the business community gathered in the Chamblee Civic Center to enjoy breakfast prepared by Senior Connections. The event was sponsored by Peachtree-DeKalb Airport.
A day after the Interim CEO celebrated his one year anniversary in the CEO role, May delivered a message, that despite the issues the county is facing over ethics complaints concerning alleged purchasing card abuse, the grand jury case involving CEO Ellis and other challenges, significant positive things are happening in DeKalb County. May said he looks forward to the troublesome issues being resolved as soon as possible.
May then pointed to significant efforts that are underway to improve the relationship between the county and its cities. Citing the importance of working together as a family to make the county better as a whole. “We’re really trying to restore our partnerships between the cities and DeKalb County Government. We are family. And we have to act like family,” said May.
Comparing how dealing with issues between the county and the cities likens dealing with issues in a large family, such as his own, May said he recognizes the importance of communication. “With a large family comes large issues. One thing that we have learned…is that we have to talk. Whether you’re in an incorporated area or an unincorporated area, if we continue to strive for excellence, we will all move forward.”
May said one of the keys to strengthening the county is Economic Development – making it attractive to new business or expanding existing business. “I believe the work we are doing right now will make us the preeminent county in which to do business.”
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