|Biography of DeKalb County
Interim CEO Lee N. May
Lee May was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on July 17, 2013 to administer the county’s $1.2 billion annual budget. As the youngest person to sit in the highest executive seat of the third largest and most populous county in the State of Georgia, May has promoted progress and movement through collaboration with the local school district, responsive public safety, community beautification initiatives, empowerment of youth and children, engaged economic development and business growth, and enhanced government efficiency.
Immediately prior to his executive appointment, May served as the Presiding Officer of the Board of Commissioners, Chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee, and a member on the Public Safety and General Safety Committee. Voters first chose May in July 2006 in a special election to fill the seat vacated by (then Commissioner) Congressman Hank Johnson. He has since been re-elected twice by an overwhelming majority.
May serves on various national and local associations, including National Association of Counties (NACo) Chair of the Next Generation, Vice Chair of the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, and member of the Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC). He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
As both an elected official and a member of the clergy, May has superbly built a bridge between faith and politics in his latest work, “My God, My Politics: A Discussion on Faith and Politics.” In this book, May uses his personal experiences in both worlds to bring clarity for the layperson, telling them that their faith, in fact, can and should inform their politics. May tells us that, “People of faith have every right to inject their faith into the political discourse of this nation.”
May, the son of a pastor, is a graduate from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology holding a Masters of Divinity Degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the historic Clark Atlanta University. He is married to his college sweetheart, Robin, and is a proud father of two beautiful daughters: Ryann Kimberly and Reagan Leanne.