DeKalb CEO Thurmond urges stakeholders to clean up trash, “show pride”

November 30, 20172min1432
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DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond says the county is making good on its promise to wipe out blight in problem areas of the county and now he’s asking residents and other stakeholders to do their part and pitch in, too.

Since taking office in January 2017, Thurmond has made fighting blight in DeKalb a top priority. The Board of Commissioners approved $3.8 million in reallocated funds for a multi-departmental effort that has been underway.

So far this year, DeKalb County employees have removed more than 5,600 tons of debris, illegally dumped material and litter from more than 3,500 miles of roadway. More than 20 illegal dumping sites have been cleared and barricaded. By the end of the year, DeKalb will have addressed more than 80 dilapidated properties, either demolishing or removing vegetation and securing the property.

“DeKalb employees have made tremendous progress toward improving the health and safety of county roads and neighborhoods,” said Thurmond. “This is not a task we can accomplish alone; we need citizens, businesses, and civic and church groups to show pride in their communities and get involved in eliminating litter and illegal dumping.”

DeKalb County citizens can learn more about participation in beautification efforts through Keep DeKalb Beautiful. The division offers resources to support and maintain clean and sustainable communities. To learn more about activities and participation, visit, email or call 404-294-2010.

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  • Percy Blackshear

    December 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you Mr. TThurmond for making good on this effort. We will do better and uphold our end.


  • Beth Thompson

    December 3, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    This must be a joke. Please read the internal audit of Code Enforcement that CEO Thurmond has taken NO action on. Marcus Kellum has been running this floundering department into the group since 2012 when he was hired to lead Code Enforcement. In fact, there have been no real policies and procedures in place since he took over. This is well known to our government leaders. Please do a story on this. It is a travesty. Link to the audit of Code Enforcement and the equally terrible Animal Enforcement can be found here:


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