A panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal has recommended to suspend indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.
Last month, a grand jury indicted Ellis on charges that he tried extort campaign contributions from companies that did business with DeKalb County.
The panel, comprised of Rockdale County CEO Richard A. Oden, Clayton County commission chairman Jeffrey E. Turner, Attorney General Sam Olens Olens recommended suspension, however Gov. Deal will make the final decision.
Just before 5:00 p.m. Ellis spoke to CBS Atlanta News.
He said he is dissapointed by the decision, but respects it. He said he will continue to fight to clear his name.
The Governor's Office released this statement:
"We have received the recommendation from the three-person panel, which ruled unanimously that the charges against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis relate to and adversely affect his ability to carry out his official responsibilities and therefore should be suspended from office. The governor will consider the recommendation and announce a final decision by the end of this week."
The commission hearing was open to the press and public, but the deliberations were private.
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