ON THE RECORD

From an Aug. 26 AJC story:

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer: "I've betrayed the people and I've abused my position of power, " she told Channel 2 Action News in an exclusive interview. "It's a very hard decision, and I'm heartbroken and saddened, but I need to resign, " she said.

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader: "It's a sad end to a long career in public office, but I think she did the right thing." "This now gives the voters in District 1 the opportunity to choose new representation and help to restore confidence in DeKalb County government."

From a Sept. 5 AJC story:

William Perry, executive director of the watchdog group Common Cause Georgia: "If an elected official is going to jail, it sends a strong message." "Essentially, her political career is over. She can do no further harm to voters."

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, now on trial for bribery, theft, extortion and perjury charges, from a January YouTube video, since removed from that site: "I have never stolen nor profited from my public service." "I believe that what is right will always reveal itself in the end."

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker, during a sentencing hearing that resulted in jail or prison terms for a former DeKalb schools superintendent, a high-ranking manager in the district and her ex-husband: "Punishment is appropriate and necessary when we are dealing with public trust."

From the Aug. 28 AJC

Former DeKalb County ethics board chairman Isaac Blythers, who reviewed AJC findings about payments by DeKalb Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, to her then-boyfriend Warren Mosby. Blythers suggested the payments may have created the appearance that the money benefited her: "That's the perception, " he said. "If I'm an elected official, and I'm in a relationship with them, then it's less than an arm's length transaction."

Sharon Barnes Sutton, responding by phone to WSB: "It does not matter, " Sutton said. "Mr. Mosby is not a member of my family."

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