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Mayor Clarkson has always had a passion for public service. He has lived in the Chamblee area for more than 22 years and began his 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 the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association as the President in the District 3 East Region as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Planning Association. Mayor 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 (ARC) Transportation and Air Quality Committee (TAQC). He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association as well as Chairman and founder of the Peachtree Gateway Partnership.
In 2010 Mayor Clarkson was awarded the Georgia Municipal Association Certificate of Distinction for attending more than 204 hours of training through the University of Georgia and Georgia Municipal Association’s Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute for Elected Officials. This includes attending the Leadership Institute for Municipal Elected Officials in 2002. He is a 2012 graduate of the ARC’s Regional Leadership Institute and in 2004 was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40.”
A graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Marketing Research and Decision Analysis, Mayor Clarkson has more than 28 years of marketing, sales and business management experience.
Mayor Clarkson is married to wife Lynn Clarkson. They have three children; Jenah, Alexa Rae, and Elijah.