Applicants sought to represent southeast DeKalb

About 145,000 DeKalb County residents may soon get more representation in county government.

The county announced Tuesday it is advertising for candidates to temporarily represent southeast DeKalb.

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May will appoint a three-member panel to review applicants, one of whom will be submitted to the county commission for consideration.

Southeast DeKalb’s seat on the commission has been vacant since May became the county’s CEO last summer, when Gov. Nathan Deal suspended CEO Burrell Ellis after his 14-count indictment on political corruption charges. May hasn’t voted or otherwise acted as a commissioner since he took the CEO job.

If Ellis is found not guilty in his September trial, he would immediately return as CEO and May would return to the commission. May would also return to the commission if a jury finds Ellis guilty, though that also would likely trigger a special election.

Potential candidates should email a cover letter and resume to district5@dekalbcountyga.gov by July 3.

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