DeKalb CEO-elect Michael Thurmond invites public to inaugural events

December 30, 20163min4030


Several inaugural events will be held in January as DeKalb CEO-elect Michael Thurmond takes the helm, ushering in a “New Day” for the county.

Thurmond’s “New Day for DeKalb Inaugural Celebration 2017” steering committee, co-chaired by Greg and Betty Levett and Will and Virginia Reece, announced that Thurmond will honor DeKalb’s federal, state and local public servants as part of the celebration.

In a joint statement, the co-chairs said, “We are honored and thrilled to lead this celebration of our new CEO and the dedicated men and women who serve our county. CEO-elect Thurmond will provide new leadership, new vision and a new direction for our county. We are convinced that a new day has dawned in DeKalb County.”

The events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted below:


Reception Honoring CEO-elect Michael Thurmond

Thursday, Jan. 12, 6- 9 p.m.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta

Ticketed event. More information is available at


Honorary Swearing-in Ceremony and Reception

Friday, Jan.13, 4-6:30 p.m.

Manuel Maloof Auditorium

1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur


Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, Jan. 14, 8-10 a.m.

Honoring the DeKalb CEO, Commissioners, Constitutional Officers and Federal, State and Local Elected Officials

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Andrew Young

Marriott Courtyard, Downtown Decatur

130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur 


Inaugural Gala

Saturday, Jan. 14, 7-11 p.m.

Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia

Benefitting DeKalb’s foster families and children

Honoring the DeKalb Legislative Delegation

*Ticketed event. A $20 donation benefiting DeKalb’s foster children is required to attend. Tickets are available at


Atonement, Healing and Restoration Service

Sunday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.

Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church

1879 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta

Honoring DeKalb County Government Employees

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