A panel of Burrell Ellis’ peers Monday unanimously recommended that Gov. Nathan Deal suspend the DeKalb County CEO as he fights 14 felony charges.
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A DeKalb County grand jury indicted CEO Burrell Ellis on June 18 on 15 criminal counts, 14 of them felonies.
The charges include theft, conspiracy and extortion mainly related to campaign donations sought from companies that do business with the county. Ellis has yet to enter a plea, but has publicly and strongly disputed the allegations. State law requires the governor to name a three-person panel to review the charges whenever an official is indicted while serving in office.
The panel has unanimously recommended suspension, giving Gov. Nathan Deal final say. The governor said he will announce his decision later this week.
If Deal suspends Ellis, he must also name a temporary CEO who can serve as the case goes on.