Patch Poll: Who Should Elect Decatur's Mayor?
The Decatur mayor is now elected by the other city commissioners, but in most towns a popular vote is used. Take the Patch Poll to tell us what you think.
Decatur has about 20,000 people, but only three people voted to make Jim Baskett the mayor on Monday night.
His fellow city commissioners picked him using a process that's seldom employed by municipal governments in Georgia.
Bill Floyd, who just resigned the mayorship after 14 years in office, says he only knows of two towns in North Georgia that do it that way: Griffin and Rome. He thinks Decatur should elect a mayor by popular vote.
Going to a popular vote would bestow more power than the Decatur mayor currently has.
Do you think Decatur should change the way a mayor is elected? Vote in the poll and leave your opinion in the comments box below.