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Robin I. Gomez, City Manager, City of Clarkston






City of Clarkston – Vacancy of the Mayors Position, Interim and Election


(Clarkston, GA)— Edward “Ted” Terry has qualified as a candidate for the DeKalb Board of Commissioners Seat 6 on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.


The Georgia Constitution.  Article 2, Section 2, Paragraph 5, states:


"The office of any state, county, or municipal elected official shall be declared vacant upon such elected official qualifying, in a general primary or general election, or special primary or special election, for another state, county, or municipal elective office or qualifying for the House of Representatives or the Senate of the United States if the term of the office for which such official is qualifying begins more than 30 days prior to the expiration of such official's present term of office."


Based on the above, Mr. Terry is automatically disqualified from holding the office of Mayor for the City of Clarkston, effective March 4, 2020.  Consequently, per the Clarkston City Charter, section 2.05 (a), we have a vacant Clarkston mayor’s seat:


“A vacancy shall exist if the mayor or a council member resigns, dies, moves his or her residence from the city, has been continuously disabled for a period of six (6) months so as to prevent him or her from discharging the duties of office, shall have engaged in any activity or done any act which under the laws of this state would preclude him or her from continuing to serve as an elected official, or shall have been removed from office by the electorate as provided by law. Such vacancy shall be declared by the mayor unless it shall be the office of mayor which is vacant, and in such case by the vice-mayor. Such declaration shall be made in a regular meeting of the city council and shall be affirmed by a majority vote of the city council."


The City of Clarkston will have for the March 31 Work Session/April 7 Council meeting an agenda item for the Vice Mayor to declare a vacancy in the office of the mayor to be affirmed by a majority vote of the City Council at the April 7 Council meeting. 


Filling the vacant mayor seat is controlled by Clarkston Charter, section 2.05(b):


"Should a vacancy occur in the office of mayor, the vice mayor shall assume the duties of the mayor until an election is held pursuant to this subsection. If a regular municipal election to elect a mayor will occur within one hundred eighty (180) days of the occurrence of a vacancy in the office of mayor, then the vice-mayor shall complete the vacant mayor's term. If no such regular election is scheduled, a special election to elect a mayor to fill out the vacant mayor's term shall be held."


Effective immediately, Vice Mayor Eyasu assumes the duties of the Mayor until the election is held, which will be on November 3, 2020.




























































































































































































































































Mayor Bio

Year Elected: 2013

Birthplace: Tallahassee, FL

Years resided in Clarkston: 4 years (DeKalb County for 10 years)

Profession: Non-Profit Development Consultant

Bio:Ted Terry currently serves as the Mayor of Clarkston, Georgia, the most ethnically diverse square mile in America. Ted is the youngest Mayor in Clarkston's 135-year history. With more than 17 years of experience in public service, Ted is leading Clarkston's vision to become a more welcoming and compassionate community. 

As Mayor, Ted has supported initiatives aimed at empowering resident involvement and cross-sector collaboration, including the launch of an education task force aimed at working with the Dekalb County Board of Education to create innovative ideas and policy solutions for the Clarkston cluster of schools. Under Ted's leadership, Clarkston has become the first city in Georgia to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr for city employees, make Election Day a holiday, and decriminalize simple marijuana possession. Ted also helped enact the strictest indoor smoking ordinance in the state, a public health measure to reduce second-hand smoke related illness in Clarkston. He is currently working on innovative new models around civilian led policing, tiny house developments and micro-farming, as well as committing Clarkston to a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. 

In addition to his leadership as Mayor of Clarkston, Ted currently serves as the State Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, is a member of the Dekalb County Board of Health, and serves on the advisory board for the Global Village Project, a special purpose middle school for refugee girls who have experienced interruptions and gaps in their formal education. 

Earlier in his career, Ted worked as a consultant for a wide array of nonprofits, state representatives, state senators, mayors, county commissioners, school board members and a U.S. Congressman. During his time as a consultant, Ted helped raise millions of dollars for campaigns and causes with a focus on uniting individuals and businesses behind a common goal of creating a better society.


Goals for Clarkston

Clarkston is a city like none other. We boast an amazing array of diverse cultures, businesses and people. We're a neighborly city, we know that by working together we can create the best community possible.

Together, with your support we'll build a Clarkston that is safer, greener and more prosperous. We'll create a community that celebrates our youth, opening doors for their futures. And together, we'll create a Clarkston that our residents will be proud to call home.

Contact Us

City of Clarkston- Annex

1055 Rowland Street

Clarkston, Georgia 30021

Phone: 404-296-6489


For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1

All Clarkston Police officers are dispatched through Dekalb County dispatch. The non emergency number for DeKalb dispatch is:




Clarkston Police Dept. Chief Christine Hudson

3921 Church Street Clarkston, GA 30021

Phone: 404-292-9465

Fax: 404-298-1522