“WE NEEDED A FRESH LOOK AT OUR LEADERSHIP”
Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms held a news conference Tuesday, one day after asking her entire cabinet to resign.
Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke about the reasoning behind her decision.
On Monday, Bottoms told 26 top city officials that she wanted their resignation letters by the end of that day. Mayor Bottoms now plans to talk with each of them this week and decide whose resignations she will accept or decline.
Bottoms said Tuesday,
“There will be resignations that I will not accept. We needed a fresh look at our leadership as a whole. This is the right opportunity for us to reassess where we are. Change is sometimes uncomfortable but often necessary, I think it’s important for me to establish my team, and I think it’s important for the public to know that the team going forward is a team that I selected, not inherited. I really believe it is about having the right people on the bus and then figuring out the right seat for them,” she said.
Bottoms did not say whether an online FBI investigation is on the way as one of her reason behind her decision, but did address the impact the investigation has had on the city.
Below is the FULL LIST of cabinet members who were asked for resignation letters:
Ria Aiken – Director of Emergency Preparedness
Randall Slaughter – Interim Fire Chief
John Gaffney – Chief Financial Officer
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield – Director of Sustainability
Curtis Baily – Director of Constituent Services
Rashad Taylor – Chief Equity Officer
Roosevelt Council Jr. – Aviation Manager
Faye DiMassimo – Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Program General Manager
Jeremy Berry – City Attorney
William Johnson – Deputy Chief Operating Officer / Commissioner of Public Works
Tim Keane – Commissioner of Planning and Community Development
Eloisa Klementich – President and CEO of Invest Atlanta
Catherine Buell – President and CEO of Atlanta Housing Authority
Patrick Labat – Chief of Department of Corrections
Brian McGowen – President and CEO of Atlanta Beltline
Melissa Mullinax – Senior Advisor
Katrina Taylor Parks – Deputy Chief of Staff
Janquell Peters – Chief Service Officer
Amy Phuong – Commissioner of Parks and Recreation
Kishia Powell – Commissioner of Watershed Management
Daphne Rackley – Interim Chief Information Officer
Erika Sheilds – Chief of Atlanta Police Department
Jalal Slade – Senior Policy Advisory on Real Estate
Susan Garrett – Interim Chief Procurement Officer
Anne Torres – Director of Communications (letter accepted according to sources)
Sherri Dickerson – Commissioner of Human Resources