Meals charged on DeKalb's card by Elaine Boyer and top aide

DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer and her top aide apparently have their favorite restaurants, as evidenced by purchases with their county Visa cards.

Spending records show that in 2012 and 2013, Boyer and her chief of staff, Bob Lundsten, spent more than $11,000 for restaurant meals at taxpayers’ expense. Together, they averaged about two restaurant purchases a week in 2012 and nearly three a week in 2013. Boyer told the AJC that all the expenses were for meetings with constituents. “We’re either having coffee or we’re talking to constituents,” she said. “We spend a lot of time out in the field.”

Based on the records, the commissioner appears to favor Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker. She used the county Visa card there about three dozen times in the two years. With Lundsten, it’s Big Tex in Decatur, a short walk away from the county building, where he made 60 Visa card purchses. On this spreadsheet, Boyer’s restaurant expenses are in red. Lundsten’s are in BLACK.

Read the AJC's full investigation of how this DeKalb official spent county funds on herself.