Lots to tell on the county side of DeKalb government. After much arguing and debate, Lee May is finally stepping down from his 5th district commission seat. He had been holding two county positions (we are unsure if he was being paid for both, but doubt it). In addition to the District 5 Commission seat, he is acting as interim CEO while Burrell Ellis is on trial for bribery and other charges. May was holding tightly to his old commission seat, because if Ellis is acquitted, he will take back his CEO job, leaving May out of work. May himself has recently been the subject of a corruption investigation.
Rumors swirled that May tipped off Developer Vaughn Irons about his resignation, giving Irons a jump on the competition to run for the seat. Both deny that. [Irons has been the subject of investigations by Channel 2 concerning contracts he received from DeKalb County. Irons has maintained no wrongdoing.]
If Ellis is acquitted, and various rumors turn out to be true, the next election could see Ellis, May and soon to be former school superintendent Michael Thurmond competing for the CEO seat. We are told that Thurmond, thinking he has saved DeKalb schools, is considering trying his hand at saving the rest of the county as well.
Read more on the subject here >>
DeKalb ICEO Lee May denies tipping developer about District 5 seat resignation
Meanwhile, Lee May had harsh words for Nancy Jester, who won the election for Elaine Boyer’s old seat. According to the Dunwoody Crier,
“Boyer reported Monday to a federal prison in Marianna, Fla., to begin serving her 14-month sentence for bilking the taxpayers. She will live in a minimum-security wing of the prison and must serve at least 85 percent of her sentence. That could mean she will be released in a year.”
“Boyer is accused of using her county budget to pay a phony consultant for services never delivered and then having the man place $68,000 in her personal bank account.”
“John Boyer, her husband, awaits sentencing in August for masterminding the scheme.”
The Crier goes on to tell us about the exchanges between May and Jester >>
“Nancy Jester, who represents north DeKalb, said May did the right thing.
“From the start, I have called for Lee May to resign his District 5 seat and allow for a free and fair election for the citizens of DeKalb County,” Jester said. “No one person holds the moral authority to occupy two elected positions simultaneously. Elected positions belong to no one person, rather, they belong to the people.”
… “Due to petty personal politics and clear obstruction, three commissioners have intentionally abused the process to prevent more than 140,000 citizens from their constitutional right of representation,” said May. “These commissioners have denied the opportunity to appoint well qualified individuals to the District 5 seat and have sabotaged other efforts to reach a consensus. They have chosen to avert (sic) the will of the people.”
May left the commission seat when Gov. Nathan Deal tapped him to replace CEO Burrell Ellis when Ellis was indicted by a DeKalb grand jury. He was brought to trial for shaking down county contractors for campaign contributions but that trial ended in a mis-trial.
Ellis is set for a new trial in June. Should he be acquitted he would return to the chief executive’s job, putting May out of work, but putting May in position to run in 2016 for May’s job and take office in 2017.
READ MORE AT THE CRIER at the appropriately title article linked below >>
DeKalb’s sorry soap opera rolls on