When pigs fly: Brookhaven Yes President J. Max Davis, left, Rep. Mike Jacobs, center, and Rep. Tom Taylor hold a toy flying pig as they celebrate the news that Brookhaven will become Georgia’s newest city. Voters approved incorporating Brookhaven in the July 31, 2012 primary.

It was quite the scene at Pub 71 in Brookhaven on July 31 as cityhood proponents received the news that Brookhaven will become Georgia’s seventh new city.

Now that the city of Brookhaven has been approved, Gov. Nathan Deal will appoint a five-member commission to get the city off the ground.

The commission will include at least one member from each city council district. Commission members may not be candidates for elected office, according to the legislation creating the city.

The commission will hold a training session for potential candidates for mayor and city council. It also is charged in the law with preparing a written report for the new council regarding the backgrounds and qualifications of candidates for city manager, city attorney, city clerk and city accountant; preparing a plan for privatizing as many city services as possible; and finding a location for city offices.

City council elections will be held during the general election in November.  Residents will select four city council members and a mayor.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com