After asking her entire cabinet to tender their resignations by the end of the day on Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms held a news conference Tuesday, saying she'll take time to evaluate who stays and who goes.
After initially saying she wanted council members to resign by the end of the week, she now says her decision could come weeks from now.
To stay consistent with the theme of transparency, Mayor Lance Bottoms unveiled a new online portal called "Atlanta's Open Checkbook."
"In 2013 the U.S. Public interest research group issued a report on transparency in city spending. Atlanta's grade was an 'F'. That is unacceptable," said Lance Bottoms. "Change is sometimes uncomfortable but often necessary. So, during this uncomfortable time, know that you are still appreciated.
The website will allow residents to go to the city's website and track the citu budget and expenses that public officials are making with tax dollars. The portal should be live this summer.
“Just one day away from my 100th day in office, I am proud of the steps that we are making to usher in a new era of transparency and efficiency in the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Open Checkbook will allow residents and taxpayers to see exactly where their money is being spent, not just how it is budgeted. I believe this will serve Atlanta well and go a long way in helping our residents reestablish trust in city government.”
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Phone calls to certain city employees are not going through as their phone lines have been disconnected, including key members of her press staff. CBS46 confirms that Communications Director Anne Torres is leaving. She held that post during the Reed administration.
Ann Torres, Director of Communications for the City of Atlanta, issued a statement to CBS46's Karyn Greer:
"Upon Mayor Bottoms entering office, I committed to assisting with the transition for the administration's first 100 days. I have fulfilled that commitment and I am proud to have served the City of Atlanta for the last five and a half years. I look forward to rejoining the private sector as previously planned. I wish Mayor Bottoms and the administration the best as they continue to work to create a more equitable Atlanta."
CBS46 also spoke with Atlanta City Council member Howard Shook who hopes the full cabinet will be in place by the time the council reconvenes April 16.
"Come April 16th, council is going to need to be able to work with a full leadership team across the hall because our committee meetings are going to resume and we will resume evaluating hundreds and hundreds of pieces of legislation, some of which are really really important," said Shook.
Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie spoke with CBS46 News about the issue. She says while the timing of Mayor Lance Bottom's' shakeup might seem curious, the changes are quite normal.
"Anyone who is a political appointee in an administration should know that they serve at the pleasure of the person who appointed them, and so when a new administration takes over the working assumption should be that you need to go look for another job," said Gillespie.
Bottoms was elected mayor of Atlanta in December in a hotly contested race against Mary Norwood that went to a December runoff. Neither ladies were able to garner the majority vote in the election in November.
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