A committee of elected officials that will help decide if DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis should stay in office while he fights 14 felonies will meet next week.
The public hearing of the panel – made up of Clayton Commissioner Chairman Jeff Turner, Rockdale CEO Richard Oden and Attorney General Sam Olens – will meet on Monday in Atlanta. They must return a recommendation to Gov. Nathan Deal by July 22.
Ellis is expected to testify on his own behalf on why the charges will not affect his duties as CEO.
He was charged last month with extortion, conspiracy and theft for allegedly shaking down county vendors for campaign contributions. Ellis has denied any wrongdoing.
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