By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post
Attorney John Ernst, Jr who glided to an easy victory over TV producer Dale Boone in November, was sworn in as Brookhaven’s third mayor in less than one year.
Ernst was sworn in Monday morning by DeKalb County State Court Judge Mike Jacobs in a ceremony at City Hall.
Ernst settles in as the latest player in a political game of musical chairs when former Mayor Rebecca Chase-Williams was appointed interim mayor in June and did not seek re-election. Williams was appointed to the position from her City Council seat after Former Mayor J. Max Davis resigned last spring to mount an unsuccessful bid for the State House.
The young city will also return two incumbents to City Council seats.
Linley Jones, a local attorney who was appointed to Williams’ District 1 City Council seat in June, also won re-election, capturing 79 percent of the vote against challenger Eve Erdogan.
Bates Mattison, a charter member of the City Council, ran unopposed for his District 3 seat.
Judge Jacobs, a former Democrat who switched parties while serving as State Representative from Brookhaven in 2007, was appointed to the bench by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2015.
▲ Mayor Ernst was sworn in by DeKalb County State Court Judge Mike Jacobs in a ceremony at City Hall.
Brookhaven’s political upheaval was not restricted to the City Council in 2015. Earlier in the year, Mayor Davis was investigated for sexual harassment over an incident where he sprayed an aerosol can near two female employees. The incident prompted then-City Manager Marie Garrett to label it “sexual harassment” in an email.
Garrett, herself, has come under fire for having one of the largest salaries among public officials in Metro Atlanta at $214,000 a year.
April also saw the dismissal of the city’s communications director. Rosemary Taylor was fired after two months on the job for a dispute with a photographer over a picture of two African Americans who were attending the city’s Cherry Blossom Festival.