Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is absolutely right to ask her entire cabinet to resign as she charts a new course following the culture of corruption that seemed to consume her predecessor Kasim Reed’s administration.
Bottoms told staff during a press conference in the atrium of City Hall that she made the decision to ask for the resignations because “it is important for me to establish my team.” She also said she wants the “team I selected, not inherited.”
The mayor said she made the decision close to the end of her first 100 days instead of right away to evaluate what she was dealing with.
Mayor Lance Bottoms said some city officials may be re-assigned to other positions, some kept on in their current positions and some will not be asked to stay. She gave no deadline for the process.
The mayor also pledged to have transparency on financial matters so the general public and the media can have access to the data. She announced a new website, Atlanta’s Open Checkbook, will be unveiled to provide this information.