Atlanta mayor names three top leaders, moves airport boss to city CFO
By Maggie Lee
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has named two city veterans to top leadership jobs, and chosen a new hire to oversee human resources.
Airport General Manager Roosevelt Council, Jr. has been named Atlanta’s chief financial officer, according to a Friday press release from Bottoms’ office.
Council has previously been Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s CFO. He became its interim general manager, then general manager in 2017.
Shortly after she took office earlier this year, Bottoms announced that a search was on for a new airport boss. In April, she requested resignation letters from the top officials inherited from her predecessor, Kasim Reed, and said she would take time to decide which letters to accept, as she built her own cabinet.
Outgoing CFO Jim Beard reportedly spent about six weeks this spring at a city-funded training course at Harvard University, even though his employment end date was already in sight.
Airport Deputy General Manager Balram Bheodari will serve as interim general manager of the airport until the search is complete for a permanent leader.
Bottoms also named interim city Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter to the job on a permanent basis. He’s been an Atlanta Fire Department employee since 1990.
And Marian Y. Woods has been appointed as Human Resources Commissioner, coming to the city most recently from Summit Container Corporation, where she was vice president of human resources.
“I am truly excited about the impact that I believe each of these appointments will have on their respective departments and as a result the City of Atlanta and the people we serve,” read part of the statement from Bottoms.
All three appointments are effective Monday, according to Bottoms’ office, and will require Atlanta City Council confirmation.
(Photos courtesy of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Communications)