DeKalb commission speaks out on grand jury report

4:39 PM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
DeKalb interim CEO Lee May
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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County officials say a grand jury report linked to its indicted CEO recommending criminal investigations for additional county employees shows why their form of government needs to be re-examined.

Interim County CEO Lee May was flanked by county commissioners during a press conference Thursday when he spoke out on an 83-page report linked to the investigation into suspended CEO Burrell Ellis. Ellis is accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions.

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The report recommends that a former county CEO, Ellis' former chief of staff, several watershed employees and contractors be investigated for charges ranging from bid rigging to obstructing a criminal investigation.

May says the county's CEO government model isn't transparent and lends itself to political and personal influence. One commissioner says individuals are the problem, not the governing system.

(The Associated Press)

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