The Dunwoody City Council will hold a special called meeting Friday, June 24, at 9 a.m. at City Hall to discuss the recent decision to prohibit members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association from serving on city boards and commissions.

Councilmember Terry Nall said he requested the meeting to discuss the city’s recent decision made in behind closed doors in an executive session that members either resign from the DHA or resign from city boards they currently serve on.

“I’ve asked we stand down a prior memo. We must proceed more prudently, thoughtfully, and most important, publicly,” Nall stated on social media.

City officials emailed out a five-page memo on June 17 explaining the city had adopted a new policy that forbids DHA members from serving on certain city boards or commissions due to the potential of a conflict of interest – and to also stave off potential threats of a lawsuits, according to a city official who asked not to be identified.

City officials also threatened to slap those who received the memo who spoke publicly about the memo with an ethics violation.

The decision to adopt the new policy was made in an executive session without public discussion or a public vote. The policy only affects DHA members.

Top city officials remained tightlipped in the days following the move. Repeated calls and emails to Mayor Denis Shortal went unanswered. Shortal was reached by phone June 21 and promised to release a  statement the morning of June 22, but did not do so.

Calls and emails to City Manager Eric Linton and City Attorney Cecil McClendon for comment were also not returned.

A city official said the mandate affects about two dozen members of the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals and the Design Review Advisory Committee.

As of June 22, only one DHA member has resigned a city post. Gerri Penn decided to step down from the ZBA, said city spokesperson Bob Mullen.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.

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