DUNWOODY

posted : Dec 14, 2015

The Era of Dunwoody's Mayor Mike Davis is over. Mayor ends turbulent term at Dunwoody

One of the biggest controversies came in 2013, when Mayor Mike Davis and Councilman Terry Nall pushed a plan to change the city charter that would allow the city to assume responsibilities for fire protection from DeKalb County. The move was an attempt to subvert the original charter which put taxing authority in the hands of voters.

By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post

 

Outgoing Mayor Mike Davis chairing his last city council meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015. Although the City Council conducted a slate of regular business, the meeting was somber and adjourned after one hour. Many of Davis’ political supporters were absent. After suffering a stunning defeat, the Era of Dunwoody's Mayor Mike Davis is over.

 

Dunwoody’s City Council honored Mayor Mike Davis for his four years of service Dec. 14 at its regular meeting in City Hall.

The one-term mayor was defeated in November by long-time City Councilman Denis Shortal by a 2-1 margin. Shortal, who resigned his seat in September to mount his mayoral campaign, was not in attendance.

Although the City Council conducted a slate of regular business, the meeting was somber and adjourned after one hour. Many of Davis’ political supporters were absent.

 

Davis swept into office amid the city’s first major controversy since its founding in 2008. 

In its first three years, the north DeKalb city had charted a careful, harmonious and thrifty course under Mayor Ken Wright based on small government and slow growth.

Then, in 2011, Wright and the City Council proposed two bonds totaling $66 million for park improvements and land acquisition for parks. Voters rejected the bonds soundly.

 

▲ Mike Davis’ first major action upon taking office in 2012 was to launch an investigation into leaks from closed City Council meetings.The investigation named Councilwoman Adrian Bonser as one source for the leaks and led to charges and countercharges of ethics violations between council members.

 

Mike Davis’ first major action upon taking office in 2012 was to launch an investigation into leaks from closed City Council meetings. That investigation ran up a tab of close to $60,000 for legal fees and a separation package for the city attorney, who was forced to resign, despite his protestations he had nothing to do with the leaks. The investigation also named Councilwoman Adrian Bonser as one source for the leaks and led to charges and countercharges of ethics violations between council members.

 

▲ One of the biggest controversies came in 2013, when Mayor Mike Davis and Councilman Terry Nall pushed a plan to change the city charter that would allow the city to assume responsibilities for fire protection from DeKalb County.

 

Mike Davis also drew fire on other issues.

The mayor led a drive to revamp previously approved plans to improve Brook Run Park, replacing a nature trail with a wider concrete-paved route through the park. That campaign drew hundreds of protesters to mount opposition.

 

One of the biggest controversies came in 2013, when  Mayor  Mike Davis and Councilman Terry Nall pushed a plan to change the city charter that would allow the city to assume responsibilities for fire protection from DeKalb County. Residents flocked to Charter Commission meetings arguing that the move was an attempt to subvert the original charter which put taxing authority in the hands of voters. They argued the change was a precursor to bigger government and flew in the face of the principles the city was founded on.

 

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