About R. Eric Clarkson
Mayor Clarkson currently serves as the DeKalb County mayoral representative to the ARC Board. He is a member of the Governance Committee and the Budget and Audit Review Subcommittee, as well as the Transportation & Air Quality Committee (TAQC).
He began his public service with Chamblee by serving three years on the city’s volunteer Architectural Review Board. He then served four years on the Chamblee City Council before being elected Mayor in 2005. He has served on the board of the Georgia Municipal Association, and as president of its District 3 East Region. He has also served on the board of the Georgia Planning Association. He currently serves as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association and of the Peachtree Gateway Partnership.
Mayor Clarkson was awarded the 2010 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. He is a graduate 2002 of the Leadership Institute for Municipal Elected Officials, a 2012 graduate of ARC’s Regional Leadership Institute, and was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40″ in 2004.
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 Lynn Clarkson. They have three childrenA: Jenah, Alexa Rae, and Elijah.