Cheryl Stone, then-director of WorkSource DeKalb, called the allegations “patently false.”
County CEO Michael Thurmond, elected in 2016, began a review of the agency and dismissed her and other staff. He appointed a new director in April 2018.
Information from Pak’s office says the monies were used to increase the salaries of employees working for fire and rescue, the district attorney’s office and the chamber of commerce, as well as the board of commissioners’ clerk and others.
WorkSource DeKalb is one of 19 workforce development agencies covering the state. The state gets the federal grants, which it disperses to to the local agencies to provide job training and apprenticeships.