From the “Patch”:
Gov. Nathan Deal has suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis from office as a result of his recent indictments, and named DeKalb Commissioner Lee May as his temporary replacement.
The suspension takes effect immediately.
May currently serves as chairman of the DeKalb County Commission.
On Monday, a three-member panel appointed by Deal recommended that Ellis be suspended from office.
Deal made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon during a press conference.
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Jim Galloway at the AJC has a blog post on the subject as well:
Poor DeKalb County. The largest and most Democratic local government operation in Georgia is in a topsy-turvy state.
In February, Gov. Nathan Deal removed six of nine county school board members whose squabbling allegedly threatened the school system’s accreditation.
On Tuesday, the Republican governor stepped in again, relieving Burrell Ellis of his duties while the DeKalb CEO deals with criminal charges that accuse him of strong-arming vendors doing business with the county for campaign contributions.