Atlanta Mayor Could Veto Measure to Trim Judgeships
(AJC) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed may veto a City Council measure preventing him from naming two new judges to the Atlanta Municipal Court. The council voted for cutting the two judge positions after a city performance audit determined that the court is overstaffed for its workload, and that proper staffing could save the city $2.3 million a year. “Mayor Reed opposes the legislation and disagrees with the City Auditor’s report,” Reed spokeswoman Sonji Jacobs said in an email after the council vote Monday. “He believes the city needs 10 judges to handle the volume of cases that come through municipal court.” Reed is weighing whether to veto the legislation, Jacobs said.