DeKalb CEO backtracks on saying MARTA nominee would be county’s first black female

By David Pendered

DeKalb County’s CEO has stepped back from a statement that his nominee to MARTA’s board of directors would be the county’s first African American female to serve on the board – presuming her nomination is confirmed.

DeKalb County’s CEO has nominated a union lobbyist to MARTA’s board of directors. DeKalb’s board of commissioners is to vote on the nomination. File/Credit: MARTA

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond’s administration withdrew the “first ever” observation about nominee Rita Scott, a union lobbyist, after former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones noted that he had nominated the county’s first two black women to serve on MARTA’s board.

Jones, a Democrat, now serves in the state House, where he represents the Lithonia area. This is the full text of the email Jones…

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