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Gov. Deal Doesn’t Regret Appointing DeKalb Interim CEO

Gov. Nathan Deal says he doesn't regret tapping Lee May as DeKalb's CEO two years ago.
Gov. Nathan Deal says he doesn't regret tapping Lee May as DeKalb's CEO two years ago.
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Last week, special investigators released a scathing report on corruption in DeKalb County. In it, investigators Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde called on DeKalb CEO Lee May to resign.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed May to the position more than two years ago when former CEO Burrell Ellis was indicted on corruption charges. Tuesday, Deal said he doesn’t regret tapping May for the post.

“I think at the time he was the best logical choice that we had, and I don’t want anybody to jump to conclusions that he’s actually done anything wrong,” Deal said. “I think that’s why it’s important to review this report to see if there are factual circumstances that back up some rather inflammatory statements.”

Those statements include an allegations May took out an illegal loan and used county money for personal expenses. May has denied the charges.

Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens have asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to review the report. Olens has said the state doesn’t currently have the authority to intervene.

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