A special state committee will hear evidence this morning that should help it decide whether to recommend DeKalb County’s Chief Executive be suspended from office.
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DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is under indictment for theft, extortion, and conspiracy. Ellis is accused of allegedly trying to strong-arm county vendors into contributing to his campaign fund.
The three-member review panel, made up of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and the commission chairs of Rockdale and Clayton Counties, will review the charges and make a recommendation to the governor on whether Ellis should be suspended from office.
If the committee recommends suspension, Governor Nathan Deal has the discretion to follow or reject the recommendation. If the panel recommends no suspension, the Governor is required to follow the recommendation.
The criteria for suspension: whether the charges against Ellis compromise his ability to lead the county or adversely affect the interests of the public if he remains in office.
The panel convenes at 9:30 a.m. Monday.