MICHAEL STERLING, FORMER CHIEF OF ATLANTA'S JOBS TRAINING AGENCY, IS RUNNING FOR MAYOR

Michael T. Sterling, a former prosecutor and Reed senior advisor who most recently led the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, officially announced this morning that he was running in next year's mayoral race. The announcement makes Sterling the seventh official candidate in a field that's expected to grow even larger.

 

MICHAEL STERLING: THE REFORMER

On Michael Sterling's first day as executive director of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency last May, his desk was piled with subpoenas for a federal investigation, a state report blasting the agency's financial mismanagement, and a city audit calling for Mayor Kasim Reed to shutter the organization.

 
 

HOW ATLANTA'S MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL CITY AGENCY TURNED ITS ACT AROUND

One morning last fall, Michael Sterling arrived to work at the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, the city’s jobs program located just south of Turner Field, and was greeted by Cameron Brydson. The 19-year-old homeless teenager, who had spent a few days in jail and was kicked out of a transitional home, wanted a steady paycheck, having earned a GED after dropping out of high school, but was uncertain about what to do next.

 
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BE Modern Man: Meet “Atlanta’s Public Servant” Michael Sterling

Michael Sterling’s top priority is creating an agency that will provide real and meaningful results for the businesses and job seekers in the City of Atlanta. An accomplished lawyer, political advisor and proud public servant, Sterling is now the Executive Director of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency.  As the former Senior Advisor to Mayor Kasim Reed, he provided guidance on criminal justice and labor policy, oversaw judicial and commission appointments and managed local, state and federal relations. Under Mr. Sterling’s leadership, the City of Atlanta established its first Office of Entertainment to support the city’s thriving film industry.