Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Newly-elected Councilmembers Dickens, Norwood tapped for committee chairs

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

After talking at yesterdays inauguration ceremony, Council President Ceasar Mitchell made several surprising City Council committee appointments.
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  • After talking at yesterday's inauguration ceremony, Council President Ceasar Mitchell made several surprising City Council committee appointments.
Following Mayor Kasim Reed's inaugural bash yesterday afternoon, Atlanta City Councilmembers scurried back to their chambers at City Hall to hold their first meeting of 2014. It was a brief but important affair, one in which City Council President Ceasar Mitchell fulfilled one of his position's few duties: assigning the committees that vet city legislation.

Mitchell, who yesterday officially began his second term as Council president, doled out a handful of surprising committee assignments that could change the dynamic of how the elected body handles legislation in the coming year.

Most surprising: Newly-elected citywide rep Andre Dickens will oversee the Community Development/Human Resources Committee. And Mary Norwood, who served on Council for eight years before an unsuccessful run for mayor in 2009, will oversee the Committee on Council. It's the first committee that Norwood will have led.

Three city reps will get to keep their influence in leadership roles. Councilman C.T. Martin will move over from Transportation Committee to lead the Public Safety Committee. Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean will preside over Zoning Committee after serving as the Committee on Council's leader. Meanwhile, Councilwoman Felicia Moore, a fiscal watchdog and one of the Reed's biggest opponents on Council, will take charge of Transportation Committee after overseeing the Finance Committee. Considering the committee is expected to vet legislation about the streetcar and other big-ticket initiatives, it should be interesting to watch.

Councilman Alex Wan, who yesterday was unanimously elected to become Council's new President Pro Tempore, will take the reins as Finance Committee chair - arguably the most important committee of all. And Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, who represents a swath of east and southeast Atlanta, will watch over legislation that passes through the City Utilities Committee.

What stands out most, however, is the number of Reed's key Council supporters - namely Carla Smith, Ivory Young, Cleta Winslow, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Joyce Sheperd, and Michael Julian Bond - who Mitchell passed over for committee leadership positions. Mitchell, who's been rumored as a possible mayoral candidate in 2017, doesn't have as much sway as Council President given the city's strong-mayor form of government, so consider this a large assertion of the relatively small power he holds.

"There may be a number of councilmembers who are considering running for mayor who I have put in key Council leadership roles on key committees," Mitchell told Saporta Report.

We've included the full list of committee assignments after the jump.

2014 CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Finance:
Alex Wan, chair
Yolanda Adrean
Natalyn Mosby Archibong
C.T. Martin
Felicia Moore
Howard Shook
Carla Smith

Public Safety:
C.T. Martin, chair
Yolanda Adrean
Michael Julian Bond
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Kwanza Hall
Mary Norwood
Cleta Winslow

Transportation:
Felicia Moore, chair
Natalyn Mosby Archibong
Andre Dickens
C.T. Martin
Mary Norwood
Carla Smith
Alex Wan

Zoning:
Yolanda Adrean, chair
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Kwanza Hall
Mary Norwood
Howard Shook
Carla Smith
Ivory Lee Young Jr.

City Utilities:
Natalyn Archibong, chair
Yolanda Adrean
Andre Dickens
Joyce Sheperd
Howard Shook
Alex Wan
Ivory Lee Young Jr.

Committee on Council:
Mary Norwood, chair
Natalyn Mosby Archibong
Michael Julian Bond
C.T. Martin
Felicia Moore
Joyce Sheperd
Cleta Winslow

Community Development/Human Resources:
Andre Dickens, chair
Michael Julian Bond
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Kwanza Hall
Joyce Sheperd
Cleta Winslow
Ivory Lee Young Jr.

Council's meeting yesterday was largely ceremonial outside of the committee assignments. Expect things to pick back up during the body's next meeting on Jan. 21.

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