DeKalb County’s newly sworn in interim CEO plans to use the powerful post to push to for its elimination.
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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 that would eliminate the CEO job, in favor of a professional manager.
Also Wednesday, May said he is waiting on an opinion from the county attorney if he must step down from his commission seat to serve as interim CEO.
Ellis is scheduled to be arraigned July 29.