ATL New Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Moves City to Transparency

Mayor Bottoms

The Atlanta mayor, who took office in January, came to work Monday and told everyone in her entire Cabinet—which includes 35 top city officials—to turn in their resignations by the end of the day, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. According to the AJC, Bottoms allowed a 90-day period of employment of staff held over from the administration of Kasim Reed. Bottoms informed those staff members that they could remain on the job until she got to know them better.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is not playing any games. With the recent hack, which literally crippled many city services, including Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, it was time for a shakeup.

In addition, the city is facing a corruption scandal that was left over from the administration of Mayor Reed. U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak stated about the scandal: The ethics and culture of an organization start from the top. You set the right tone, so when you have repeated instances of corruption, it’s time to look at that culture.”

Bottoms—who is said to have won her narrow victory in December partly because former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed endorsed her—had already told Reed’s former staff members that they would keep their jobs for roughly 90 days while she decided if she liked them or not.

So basically, the 90-day period is up, and Bottoms is ready to tell everyone who got voted out of the Cabinet and who gets to stay.

While Bottoms said that she would make her decisions by the end of the week, it was clear on Monday that her mind was already made up about some people.

On Tuesday, Mayor Bottoms announced that the city will publish receipts on all expenditures from the city for full transparency.