John Ernst was elected Brookhaven's mayor on Nov. 3, 2015, and was sworn in Jan. 4, 2016.
Mayor Ernst grew up in Brookhaven and lives in Lynwood Park with his wife and two sons. He graduated from Emory University with a degree in history, and later from the University of Georgia with a degree in law.
He opened a law practice in 2005, and served on the DeKalb County Board of Ethics from 2013 to 2015, where he filled lingering vacancies, increased the department's budget to handle increasing ethics complaints and led the board to convict a public official of an ethics violation for the first time in 15 years.
Mayor Ernst's goals are to get back to the basics by delivering better parks, more greenspace and a transparent government.