City Council takes action to reduce vacancies on Atlanta boards and commissions

In a presentation to the committee, City Clerk Foris Webb said 37% of the total 1,400 positions are vacant. He said the total is not as alarming as it sounds, in part because higher vacancy rates are common after an election year and the start of a new term.

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A presentation from the town clerk showed a breakdown of volunteer positions.

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A presentation from the town clerk showed a breakdown of volunteer positions.

Credit: Screenshot/via City of Atlanta

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A presentation from the town clerk showed a breakdown of volunteer positions.

Credit: Screenshot/via City of Atlanta

Credit: Screenshot/via City of Atlanta

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made so many things more difficult, including our city’s ability to fill vacancies on our boards and commissions. I hope more people take the time to volunteer and see these opportunities as a way to serve our city,” Councilman Andrea Boone said in a statement. “As Chairman of the Council Committee, I am particularly interested in making sure that we fill in as many as possible.”

Appointment responsibilities lie with elected leaders such as the mayor, council chair, and individual council members, as well as entities such as neighborhood planning units, local business groups, or the school board.

Councilor Mary Norwood asked Webb to report to council with details of when each council last met and how often they meet.

Logistical issues sometimes make it difficult to keep in touch with candidates for the various councils, Webb said, adding that the clerk’s office does not have a designated point of contact for some of the groups.

“If there are…entities that haven’t met in several years, it’s really important that we know,” Norwood said.