The call came mid-afternoon Tuesday: Gov. Nathan Deal for Lee May.
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Occupation: Political consultant and author, “My God, My Politics”
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Clark Atlanta University; master’s degree, divinity, Emory University
Residence: South DeKalb
Family: Wife, Robin; two young daughters
Political Experience: DeKalb County Commissioner since 2006
THE STORY SO FAR
A DeKalb County grand jury indicted CEO Burrell Ellis on June 18 on 15 criminal counts, 14 of them felonies.
Gov. Nathan Deal, following the recommendation of a three-member panel, removed Ellis from office Tuesday. DeKalb County Commission Presiding Officer Lee May was sworn in as acting CEO hours later.
Wednesday, May said he plans to advocate for changes to the county charter to eliminate the CEO job, in favor of a professional manager. He laid out his priorities for the county in an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ellis is scheduled to be arraigned July 29. His attorneys and District Attorney Robert James plan to ask for a trial date at that time.
Ellis’ attorneys have indicated they will press for him to return to office if a trial does not begin by September. It will be up to Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson to set a trial date. It will likely be up to the state Court of Appeals to determine if Ellis can retake office or if he will remain suspended as per Deal’s order, until the court case ends or his term expires.
Watch Gov. Deal’s announcement of the Ellis suspension and read a timeline of key dates in the Ellis suspension at MyAJC.com.