Eldrin Bell

Eldrin Bell

Chairman Eldrin Bell received his education in the Atlanta Public Schools, graduating from David T. Howard High School. He did his undergraduate studies at Morris Brown University and Georgia State University and continued with his graduate studies at Harvard University Law School, Northwestern University Institute and Atlanta University. He also received training at the FBI Academy, National Executive Institute (NEI), Secret Service Academy graduate and completed the Association County Commissioners of Georgia certification program; and is currently enrolled in the Certified Commissioners Advanced Program, better known as C.C.A.P.

Bell is a 33 year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department (where he earned every rank between Patrolman and Police Chief). During his tenure as Police Chief, Bell managed 2,300 employees and a $100 million budget. He also successfully secured over $50 million in grants for the police department. After serving the residents of Atlanta, Bell through his hat into the “Southern Crescent” political arena and was elected to serve the citizens of Clayton County in November 2004.

Throughout his service to the county Chairman Bell has been responsible for various community service programs including the Clayton County Library Foundation; and an online live tutorial programs for Clayton County children – 4th grade through 1st year of college. He spearheaded the 2008 special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) that has been responsible for the various improvements and upgrades made to county services. Chairman Bell successfully led the committee to pass legislation giving Clayton County and its cities (in revenue) over $300 million in support of parks, green space, libraries and roads in Clayton County; and serves as the visionary of the Aero-tropolis concept, which supports the economic development for Cities and Counties adjacent to the Atlanta Airport. The Chairman is also responsible for implementing the county’s disparity study in an effort to increase business opportunities for minority entrepreneurs.

Chairman Bell is a member of many civic and professional organizations including: Past Chairman of Regional Transportation Planning Board; current Chairman of the Regional Transit Implementation Board; Chairman of the Clayton County Regional Health Board; Vice-Chairman of the Transit and Transportation Board National Association of Counties (NACo); Board member of the Atlanta Regional Commission; Corner Stone Board Member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Associate Member of the Gate City Bar Association; and Life Member of Clayton County NAACP.

As a family man with deep religious convictions, Chairman Eldrin Bell is an active member of Salem Bible Baptist Church, where he is an ordained Elder and a government relations advisor to Pastor Jasper William Jr. He is also the proud father of 11 children (7 adopted), 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Bell has been quoted many times as saying: “Our children are the message we send to the future, a time and place, we may never see … what will that message be?”