Brookhaven, GA, January 4, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven, Georgia has a new Mayor – Mayor John A. Ernst, Jr.
Before a standing room only crowd, Mayor Ernst was joined by his wife Monica and sons Jack and Evan, while Honorable Judge Mike Jacobs performed the swearing in ceremony Monday morning at Brookhaven City Hall.
Ernst was elected Mayor back in November in landslide fashion, running on the promise of getting Brookhaven back to the basics, unifying the City and restoring the public trust by operating a common sense, transparent City Government.
Ernst said that unifying the City is key. He says he will do so through a concentrated effort on citizen outreach. “I will take a complete inventory of things that Brookhaven is doing right, and work on the things the City can improve on,” Ernst said.
“My pledge to you is to always listen to all perspectives and to do my best to make well informed decisions with the goal of unity and making Brookhaven the best it can be,” Ernst said.
Conquering issues the City has had with transparency and openness will also be a major priority for Ernst, “There’s not a magic bullet to being transparent. You just walk the walk.”
District One Councilperson Linley Jones and District Three Councilman Bates Mattison were also sworn in on Monday, to continue their public service.
Jones was appointed to fill former Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams’ seat when she was appointed Mayor, after Mayor J Max Davis resigned his seat to run for State House. Jones was later elected by popular vote.
Mattison, who is one of Brookhaven’s original Elected Officials, did not draw a contender and ran unopposed in 2015, resulting in him keeping his place on the Council. Mattison was joined by his wife Stephanie, his son Miles and his daughter Kathleen as he was sworn in.