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Council’s Future At ATL Uncertain After Resignation Monday

Roosevelt Council, the now former general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), is reportedly “heavily contemplating” reapplying for the position from which he was asked to resign on Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The resignation from Council and other city officials came at the request of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “I have asked for the resignation of all cabinet members, and after further assessment will determine which resignations I will accept,” she said in a statement.

The mayor’s cabinet overhaul comes in the wake of the federal indictment of political consultant Mitzi Bickers on charges of bribery, money laundering, obstruction and tax fraud. Bickers’ case, which is being investigated by the FBI, represents the most recent chapter in federal investigations of corruption in former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration.

“Consistent with what I said upon taking office in January, I have taken the first 100 days to evaluate the leadership of my administration,” said Bottoms. “There are many talented leaders within the city, and I look forward to continuing to work towards creating the team that best reflects alignment with the goals and opportunities we look to pursue over the next four years.”

Council was named interim general manager of ATL in 2016 by Reed after Reed fired Miguel Southwell. Council was then hired on as general manager in a more permanent capacity later that year.

Bottoms, however, has already initiated a search for a new airport manager. She is also looking to fill several other cabinet positions.