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Lee Morris Fulton County Commissioner

Many credit Lee Morris’ calm and thoughtful approach to issues as integral to the success that Fulton County has demonstrated over the past three years, with the Board of Commissioners working collaboratively not only internally, but with other elected officials within the county and throughout the region.  His background prepared him well for that role.

Lee Morris served on the Atlanta City Council from 1994 through 2001, representing neighborhoods from Home Park and Ansley Park on the south, to North Buckhead and Brookhaven on the north. He promised his constituents that if elected, he would serve only two terms because he believed strongly in citizen-legislators. He honored that pledge and stepped down after 8 years.

Lee became known as the most outspoken critic of waste and corruption at City Hall, and was instrumental in revealing the problems that ultimately led to dozens of guilty pleas and convictions, including that of the Mayor. He revealed numerous wasteful practices that were changed and saved hundreds of thousands of public dollars.

In his first year in office, he led the successful efforts to eliminate the free sports tickets and other perks for Councilmembers, to reduce the size of the Council, and to cut the travel and office budgets of the Council.

But aside from being the fiscal watchdog, he was also able to accomplish much positive progress for Atlanta’s neighborhoods. He spearheaded what many consider the first transit–oriented zoning in the region, surrounding the Buckhead MARTA Station. At the time, the caps on parking, the requirements of a mix of uses, and the orientation of buildings toward MARTA were new concepts, but after bringing the property owners, the city planners and the neighborhoods together, the zoning conditions were adopted without a single negative public comment. He also later led the “TOD” processes at Lindbergh and at Atlantic Station.

In the middle of the construction boom in Buckhead at the time, Lee found a way creatively to use transportation impact fees collected in Buckhead for sidewalk and transportation improvement projects in Buckhead.

Lee initiated the city’s still-ongoing sidewalk program, and he introduced traffic calming to the city, writing the first such ordinances in 1995. He amended the city’s sign ordinance to make it easier for neighborhoods to install neighborhood identification signage.

Those and other accomplishments were the result of collaboration with staff, other elected officials, neighborhood leaders and the business community. Lee wants to continue to work collaboratively with the state, the cities, and all stakeholders, to help Fulton County citizens.

Lee was honored in 2014 to have had the support of people he would be working with, such as Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, former Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos, State Representatives Wendell Willard and Joe Wilkinson from Sandy Springs, State Representative Lynne Riley, Atlanta City Councilmembers Howard Shook and Yolanda Adrean, former Sandy Springs Councilmembers Chip Collins and Karen Meinzen McEnerny, former Atlanta Councilmembers Clair Muller and Doug Alexander, former Sandy Springs Charter Commission Chairman Oliver Porter, former Fulton Chairman Mike Kenn, and many others.