From The Article:
Essentially, the CEO form of government was designed to allow the commission to adopt county policies, make zoning decisions, levy a tax rate and adopt the budget. The CEO holds virtually all the other cards, administering day-to-day operations and overseeing hiring. He votes with the commission only to break a tie and has a veto power that can be overturned by five of the seven commissioners, a supermajority.
Those unhappy with the current state of affairs say Ellis' battles with the commission have impeded the county's progress and contributed to the breakaway movements of Dunwoody and Brookhaven.
Commissioner Elaine Boyer, a onetime Ellis ally who has served with three CEOs, said the nature of the position changes those who hold it — and not for the better. "You get over in that office and it almost becomes narcissism, because you have so much power," she said. "It just reinforces what I've been saying, that we need a county manager form of government."
But Betty Willis, a longtime community leader in DeKalb, said that Ellis, as a CEO elected to represent the whole county, brings something special to the table.
This post is NOT about Burrell Ellis or the latest power struggle that is taking place in Dekalb County Georgia. The present government of Dekalb represents yet another "Mission Accomplished Zone" that the local "Black Racial Services Machine" in Metro Atlanta has escorted into power. Long before we Black folks were asked to look proudly of who is in the White House, we were asked to cast an eye toward Dekalb county, the "Second Most Wealthy Majority Black County In The Nation". "Look at what we can do when we
While the Black community is disarmed as we are asked to make note of the vision of "favorable leadership" who has our best interests in mind because "they ARE us", none of these draws upon our emotions appear to extend beyond voting day, guiding the behavior of the elected officials.
The pattern is clear (at least for those of us who are monitoring the situation) - the presence of "Favorable People In Power" has less impact on developing favorable outcomes for Black people but instead defines the protection racket that the "Black Racial Services Machine" will construct to isolate them from results that they deliver when the interests of the people are harmed as a result.
After so many years of "transactional indictments" where "Progressive Social Policy" is the driving force at every decision, when the larger view that time presents to us all the vision of what was purchased, the activists that leaned upon the leadership to head in a certain direction are loathed to question the results that have been garnered.
The Civil Rights Pharisees focus more on "favorable redistricting", keep a look out for "voter suppression schemes" and maximizing "people they can work with" that are impaneled. When they construct an end product that proves to be dysfunctional, which "stable Black families" are seen moving away from - those who placed their seal of approval upon the direction that the "mission accomplished zone" has taken are loathed to aggressively criticize what they have built up.
In Metro Atlanta the people's attention can easily be drawn away from the faults that are incumbent upon the "favorable people in power" over to the THREAT from the "White Conservative Forces" that are carping to return back into power, purging the "favorable people out of power".
The sight of the "Super White Cities" being formed inside of Fulton and Dekalb County by people seeking to isolate their personal interests from the whims of the county board is seen as a racially motivated action. For the very same "Civil Rights Pharisees" that response in kind - they can't see that their own SILENCE regarding the chaos that appears on the boards of Dekalb, Fulton and Clayton Counties is evidence of their own brand of "IDEOLOGICALLY motivated bigotry".
I make the case that the "Mission Accomplished Zones" that are NOT subjected to "Civil Rights Lawsuits" provide the greatest evidence of the real mission of the "Civil Rights Pharisees" and the "Black Racial Services Machine". They desire elective power of progressive forces, often at the expense of the interests of the constituents. They understand that the best way to place the citizenry in check is to warn them that any criticism of the favorable power block is merely a vote for the enemy to return to power. "Grin and bear it, instead", they are told.
This process is how the "Black Flight Progressive" is created. They order a U-Haul truck rather than forming their own coalition to go up against the machine.