DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis talks to members of the media after a No vote, 5-2, of the GM plant site development plan after the DeKalb County Commissioners meet Tuesday morning at the Maloof Auditorium in Decatur, Ga., Aug. 24, 2010. The plan was a $54 million dollar plan which includes a tax increase for residents of DeKalb County. Jason Getzemail@example.com
CEO Burrell Ellis, with DeKalb County staff members, Dr. Jabari Simama, Karen Williams, Nina Hall and Jonathan Weintraub during the press conference in front of the Clark Harrison Building in Decatur Thursday. DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announced in a press conference in Decatur on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 that he had fired the county's chief operating officer amid charges that he had an improper relationship with a water department secretary. Dana TraBue, an administrative assistant in the watershed management department, told the AJC she was in a relationship with Keith Barker from December until last month. Barker is the county's second in command. TraBue has not filed any complaints against Barker, but said she wants the county to know about his actions. John Spink firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO Burrell Ellis (center), surrounded by public service personnel and recruits, holds a press conference outside the auditorium on February 22, 2011. He has proposed a property tax increase, but commissioners are expected to vote against raising taxes. Hundreds of police officers, firefighters and other DeKalb County employees rallied before the County Commission Tuesday morning to protest proposed budget cuts. The officers filled the Maloof Auditorium in Decatur for the County Commission meeting. The Commission is scheduled to approve a $530 million budget with $33.6 million in cuts. The cuts equal about 800 layoffs. Bob Andresemail@example.com
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Karen Ottel (from left), Diane Waugh, Toni Manley, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, DeKalb County Parks & Recreation Director Roy Wilson, Carol Taggart and Commissioner Larry Johnson volunteered on August 27, 2012 at Shoal Park II in Decatur where Sprite presented a $10,000 check for renovations to the neighborhood park. The grant was awarded through the Sprite Spark Parks Project which has dedicated $2 million towards renovating outdoor play spaces. Photo courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company.
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Dekalb County CEO Burrell Ellis speaks to the AJC editorial board Wednesday, Sept 21, 2011. DeKalb is the only county in Georgia with a CEO form of government, giving an elected leader say over daily operations. But even the slightest issue seems to derail DeKalb, while nearby Cobb has weathered the bad economy and the loss of a longtime powerful commission chairman with ease. The difference isn't demographics. It's professional management. Cobb, like most Georgia counties, has a professional manager to run day-to-day business and provide cover for political fights such as raising taxes. Kent D. Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
This OneDeKalb Works sign in front of the Decatur Library displays DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis name in bold letters and the other commissioners in small print on Thursday, May 31, 2012. DeKalb could potentially spend $40,000 on signs around the county that announce various government projects, such as putting a new roof on the Decatur library or moving dirt for a sewer plant expansion. This is on top of the several thousand the county typically spends every election cycle, to get government officials name on its more permanent signs in front of government building. JOHNNY CRAWFORD / JCRAWFORD@AJC.COM
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Property appraisers Joyce Lackey (brown coat) and Yvette Thomas evaluate a property on Avery Drive in Decatur Wednesday, December 12, 2012. With the creation of the City of Brookhaven, the county is facing about $25 million in lost property taxes, business fees and other taxes. At the same time, 70 of the 101 officers in the north precinct will no longer be needed to patrol Brookhaven streets. DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has until Saturday to unveil his recommended 2013 budget, though his recommendation is expected Friday. The proposal then heads to the County Commission, which will give final approval to a budget in February. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
As the probe continued, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis hired attorney Attorney Craig Gillen, who spoke during a press conference as Ellis and his wife, Philippa, listen Thursday, January 17, 2013 in Decatur.
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"I do want to make one statement emphatically to the good people of DeKalb County that I've done nothing wrong as I've said from the very beginning. Done nothing wrong and I would never, ever, ever do anything to violate the public trust," Burrell Ellis said outside his home on Tuesday night, June 18, 2013, after being indicted on 14 felony counts.