"While I understand your frustration at not being fully paid as of this date, the salacious headline-grabbing characterizations in your August 5th Investigative Update and its imprecise references will need more context in your final report for my administration to take proper action to restore the faith and trust in DeKalb County government," May wrote.
The investigators have reported examples of widespread misconduct, with allegations that employees took bribes, drove county vehicle while drunk and spent public money on themselves. They declined to identify any government officials or workers until their final report is completed.
Their findings were revealed in a hand-delivered letter to May on Wednesday, a day after Bowers said they were denied an oportunity to present an update at the regularly scheduled county commission meeting.
May, who hired the special investigators in March, Thursday requested "detailed, factual and accurate" results in their final report.
“Your August 5th Investigative Update was very broad and included generalized personal attacks on the entire county workforce,” he wrote.
The investigators also reported that taxpayer-funded charge cards were used for food and liquor, that departments haven’t complied with the Georgia Open Records Act, and that the county paid to recover a vehicle impounded after a government employee was arrested for DUI.
May noted in his letter that he already eliminated the use of charge cards for most employees in June based on the investigators' recommendation.
He wrote that the investigators should report criminal criminal wrongdoing to federal or state prosecutors.
“I know that you do not want your actions or Final Report to jeopardize or prohibit a future criminal investigation or prosecution. … Thank you for your work and I look forward to receiving your Final Report including the required recommendations for improving county government,” May wrote.
May said he will stand by his decision to allow the investigators to release their final report without his prior review or input.