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DeKalb Interim CEO delivers State of the County address

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DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May delivered his State of the County address to community leaders Thursday afternoon.

"We will rebuild the walls of DeKalb County, and we will do it together," May told a crowd at the Emory Conference Center.

May said his top priorities are public safety, job creation, beautification and ethics reform.

The interim CEO has been subpoenaed to testify in the corruption trial of suspended CEO Burrell Ellis. Ellis is accused of strong arming contractors to contribute to his campaign in exchange for county work.

"I am charged by the governor and by the people that have elected me in DeKalb to run the day-to-day operations of this county," said May. "That's my focus and that's all I'm concerned about. We'll let Mr. Ellis handle whatever he has to in the court of law."

In court Thursday, Ellis' attorney said May fed information to the district attorney about Ellis. May denied the charge.

"That is a ridiculous charge," May told CBS Atlanta News. "Again, I have nothing to do with the legal trials of Burrell Ellis. I am in this role as interim CEO because the governor appointed me to be in this role." 

May said he is committed to ethics reform. He announced he will ask for $118,000 to fund the ethics board, a 700 percent increase over last year.

He also wants to hire additional police officers and firefighters.

"We will meet the challenges head on together," May told the crowd.

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