DeKalb Changes

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DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall says he now has 10 days to decide whether or not to veto two recent votes by the DeKalb Board of Aldermen.

Last month the board voted by a three to two margin not to reappoint Police Chief Kirk Merchant to the post. At that time, the board also voted to dismiss Municipal Judge Hardy Stennis from that position and instead appoint local Attorney Linda Hampton to the post.

While the mayor says it's too early to say what action if any that he will ask for involving the police chief. Previously, he had told us that he would veto the action concerning the dismissal of Judge Stennis.

If desired, Mayor Hall now has two weeks to officially file the vetoes. If he does file them, the board will then have the opportunity to override one or both of them.

In order to override a veto the five-member board will need a four to one vote. The Board of Aldermen's next meeting is set for September 6 at 7 p.m. at DeKalb Town Hall.