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DeKalb County CEO: Burrell Ellis' salary of $153,000 will remain after mistrial

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DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May spoke briefly after a mistrial was declared in the case of suspended CEO Burrell Ellis.

"I'm here just to make the public aware that we are operating the day-to-day services of our government," May said. "We are still picking up trash, we are repaving our roads, we are providing police and fire services where needed and we are moving forward."

The corruption trial for Burrell Ellis ended in a mistrial Tuesday afternoon.

Judge Courtney Johnson made the ruling after the jury deadlocked and was unable to come to a unanimous decision on the 13 counts Ellis faced.

Ellis faced charges including bribery and extortion. He is accused of threatening contractors to contribute to his re-election campaign or risk losing county work.

The 12-woman jury sent the judge a note just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday that said they remained deadlocked, despite their best efforts to reach a verdict.

When asked about the status of Ellis' employment, May said that there will be no change in Ellis' status with the county.

"State law allows for him to continue to be paid during this moment," May said. "Even with him on trial. His salary by DeKalb County will remain."

That salary is $153,000 a year, which both May and Ellis are currently receiving.

When asked if there was any time limit to the double salary, May said repeated that things would remain the same.

"Unfortunately, there is no time limit to this. Again, state law calls for this to be done as expeditiously as possible."

May has held his interim position for the last 14 months.

May said DeKalb County has hired more firefighters and police officers over the last 14 months.

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