This article appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Georgia's Cities newspaper.
Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson (left) is succeeding Palmetto Mayor Clark Boddie (right) as chair of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association.
The members of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association unanimously elected Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) during a meeting at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference on Jan. 22. Clarkson most recently served as vice chair of MAMA, a cooperative alliance of the mayors of more than 70 cities in the 10-county metro Atlanta region. Clarkson succeeds Palmetto Mayor Clark Boddie as chairman.
A resident of Chamblee for more than 17 years, Clarkson began public service with Chamblee by serving three years on the city’s volunteer Architectural Review Board. He then ran for public office and served four years on the city council before being elected mayor in 2005. He has served on GMA’s Board of Directors as the association’s District 3 president and on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Planning Association. Clarkson currently serves as the DeKalb County Mayors appointee to the Board of the Atlanta Regional Commission and is also on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Transportation and Air Quality Committee.
“It’s a great honor to represent my fellow mayors in this capacity,” said Clarkson. “I look forward to working with my peers as well as other elected officials and city administrators in the metro region as we collectively work toward being advocates, educators and communicators for those we serve.”
A graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Marketing Research and Decision Analysis, Clarkson has more than 25 years of marketing, sales and business management experience.
Clarkson is married to wife Lynn Clarkson. They have three children; Jenah, Alexa Rae and Elijah.
MAMA’s purpose is to foster communications among cities in the metro Atlanta region, support public policy decisions beneficial to them, coordinate activities among the cities that benefit the entire region, and communicate identified needs to federal, state and regional agencies and organizations and residents of the region.