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DeKalb County Commission concerned by alleged corruption

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DeKalb commissioners hold news conference on grand jury report DeKalb commissioners hold news conference on grand jury report
DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

DeKalb County commissioners held a news conference Thursday to react to a report by a special grand jury on alleged corruption in county government.

The 74-page report alleges suspended CEO Burell Ellis handed out county contracts to companies in exchange for campaign contributions. Grand jurors also said former CEO Vernon Jones also took kickbacks. Further, the report says former Public Safety Director William "Wiz" Miller tried to interfere with a police investigation into the alleged corruption.

"The findings are concerning," said Acting CEO Lee May. "We want to ensure the integrity of taxpaying citizens.

The grand jury report spells out a number of recommendations, including eliminating the CEO form of government.

"I've served with three CEOs and this form of government does not work," said Elaine Boyer, who has served on the commission longer than any others on the board.

However, Commissioner Kathy Gannon disagreed.

"I'm not in favor of overhauling government," said Gannon. "Seven-hundred counties in the country have CEOs and they work."

May has ordered the chief operating officer to review the grand jury recommendations and report back in 30 days.

Ellis is facing criminal charges for alleged theft and corruption. The DeKalb County District Attorney's Office would not comment on whether any others named in the report will also face criminal charges.

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