Prosecutors allege Ellis shook down vendors for campaign contributions in exchange for securing or keeping county contracts, threats he has adamantly denied.
“I do want to make one statement emphatically to the good people of DeKalb, that I’ve done nothing wrong,” Ellis said Tuesday night.
Ellis has been keeping to much of his regular schedule but has avoided meetings where the public or media could ask him about the case and whether he will voluntarily step down to fight the charges.
Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to soon name a three-member panel to review the charges and recommend whether the governor should remove him from office until trial.