A question-and-answer session Tuesday designed to let DeKalb County employees get to know interim CEO Lee May turned into a critique of how the county does business.
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A DeKalb County grand jury indicted CEO Burrell Ellis on June 18 on 15 criminal counts, 14 of them felonies. He is accused strong-arming vendors who do work with the county to contribute to his re-election campaign and threatening those who declined.
Gov. Nathan Deal, following the recommendation of a three-member panel, suspended Ellis from office on July 16. Deal then named DeKalb County Commission Presiding Officer Lee May as acting CEO.
May has begun preparing the 2014 budget and 2014 legislative agenda. He plans community meetings starting Aug. 6, with events during National Night Out.
Ellis, who has denied wrongdoing, pleaded not guilty to all charges July 29. His legal team has filed a motion asking all charges be dismissed, which will likely lead to a hearing that has not yet been scheduled.