DeKalb County Advisory Roundtable with Mayor John Ernst
Join the Council for Quality Growth's DeKalb County Advisory Roundtable on December 7, 2023 at 8:30 AM in-person at Brookhaven City Hall Chambers for an update from City of Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst.
City of Brookhaven
Mayor Ernst grew up in the bucolic community known as Brookhaven long before Brookhaven officially incorporated in December 2012. He graduated from Emory University with a degree in history, and later from the University of Georgia with a degree in law. He lives in Lynwood Park with his wife and two sons.
Mayor Ernst's goals as mayor are to get back to the basics by delivering better parks, more greenspace and a transparent government.
To that end, Mayor Ernst:
- Spearheaded a successful Parks Bond referendum to invest $40 million in parks and greenspace.
- Completed, Phase 1 of the Peachtree Creek Greenway, which will ultimately connect into the Atlanta Beltline, Path400 and the Silver Comet Trail.
- Collaborated with the mayors of seven cities, and four Community Improvement Districts along Interstate 285 to form the Top End Transit Executive Committee to bring Express Lane Transit to the chronically congested outer perimeter encircling Atlanta.
Mayor Ernst and the City Council empanelled the Brookhaven Social Justice, Race, and Equity Commission (SJREC) in response to the civil unrest and demonstrations in the summer of 2020 to take an intensive review about where Brookhaven stood in terms of justice, equity and inclusion in several key areas. The 37-member SJREC reviewed the City’s Vision and Mission Statement and Charter, policies and procedures, public engagement and communication outreach, and the Brookhaven Police Department’s continuum use of force policy, oversight, and accountability. The SJREC's final report was delivered to the Brookhaven City Council on December 14, 2021, and following additional forums of community input, the implementation plan was published.
Prior to his service as Mayor, Ernst opened a law practice in 2005, and served on the DeKalb County Board of Ethics from 2013 to 2015, where he filled lingering vacancies, increased the department's budget to handle increasing ethics complaints and led the board to convict a public official of an ethics violation for the first time in 15 years.