Multiple Atlanta media outlets have reported Commissioner Dee Clemmons’ intent to resign from the board of commissioners. Clemmons has been on a leave of absence since February.
The resignation will result in a special election later this year. The democratic party must also submit nominees for interim commissioner.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution first reported Thursday of Clemmon’s intent to resign from the board. She had been on a requested leave of absence since February for health reasons.
Clemmons was first elected to the board in 2016, and again for a second term in 2020. She represented district two on the Henry County Board of Commissioners. During her tenure, she spearheaded efforts to bring a Boys & Girls Club to Henry County. This led to the Shaquille O’Neal Boys & Girls Club opening in McDonough in August 2021.
Between 2017–2022, Clemmons represented the Hampton, Luella and Dutchtown areas. Following redistricting, the district now covers the Fairview and Stockbridge areas. A portion of the Dutchtown community also remains in the district.
Senate Bill 22, passed by local legislators in 2021, governs how to fill a vacancy on the board of commissioners. Following the resignation, the Henry County Democratic Party now has 14 days to submit nominees for interim commissioner. From which, the remaining members of the BOC must consider and appoint an interim board member. The interim commissioner will take office immediately until a special election can occur later this year.
The next available date for a special election is Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Though there is an election date in June, the deadline to schedule a vote on that day has passed. The county must hold candidate qualifying at a date to be determined.
Voters within district two can cast a ballot in the special election. The winner will serve out the remainder of the term, or until December 2024.
Featured image shows the Henry County Admin Building. Clayton Carte photo.