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DeKalb County CEO omits Brookhaven, Dunwoody from town hall meetings

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BROOKHAVEN, GA (CBS46) -

Some taxpayers in northwest DeKalb County said Monday they're convinced that the head of the county is avoiding a face-to-face meeting with them as he fends off accusations of corruption.

Interim CEO Lee May announced he will hold five town hall meetings, but none in Brookhaven or Dunwoody. (Read below for a complete list of scheduled town hall meetings.)

“We want someone in there who is someone that can be trusted,” resident Mary Kozik said. She was disappointed to hear that May won't be holding a meeting in northwest DeKalb County.

“It’s bizarre. I don’t understand why not north DeKalb,” Kozik said.

Resident Tony Arona believes it’s suspicious.

"It just seems like it’s convenient that he leaves out some of the areas which may have more influence on the overall revenue and tax base collection,” Arona said.

Meanwhile, Governor Nathan Deal spoke publicly for the first time on the issue. He has asked the GBI to investigate, but said the agency has not decided whether to launch an official investigation of its own.

“We’ll see as it continues to unfold exactly what the nature of these problems are and whether or not they overlap into criminal conduct. We don’t know at this point,” Deal said.

“If town halls are being held elsewhere, why in fact aren’t they being held here? There has to be a reason and probably not a very good one,” Kozik said.

CBS46 reached out to Lee May's office to see if he plans to hold any town hall meetings in northwest DeKalb County, and we were told it is likely, but the trouble is securing a venue.

District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester said she has already found two venues willing to hold the meetings. She later forwarded a letter she sent to May.

The entire letter from Jester is provided below:

A PUBLIC LETTER to DeKalb County iCEO Lee May

VIA HAND DELIVERY and VIA E-mail

October 5, 2015

Dear iCEO May:

I want to thank you for announcing a series of Town Hall meetings to, as you describe them, discuss your Executive Order and the release of the report. 

I have received communications from a large number of DeKalb County taxpayers who have observed there is no Lee May Town Hall currently announced in the north-west part of DeKalb County.

I have been in touch with taxpayers in both Dunwoody and Brookhaven.  I have been asked to invite you to hold two additional town halls, one each in Dunwoody and Brookhaven.I have been assured that securing an appropriate public meeting location will not be an issue in either community.

I am at your service to assist you, in any manner, to make town halls in Dunwoody and Brookhaven a reality.

I know you share with me a deep respect for the taxpayers of DeKalb County who reside in Dunwoody and Brookhaven and look forward to your announcing you will have “up close face to face conversations” with these DeKalb County stakeholders in the same time frame as you are in much of the remainder of DeKalb County.

For DeKalb County,

Nancy Jester
Commissioner 

Listed below are the published town hall meetings planned by Lee May:

All town hall meetings are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

  • Decatur
    Thu, Oct. 8
    Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive
     
  • Lithonia
    Tue, Oct. 13
    Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road
     
  • Tucker
    Thu, Oct. 15
    Cofer Reid Library, 5234 LaVista Road
     
  • Decatur
    Tue, Oct. 20
    Derwin Brown Memorial South Precinct, 2842 H.F. Shepherd Drive
     
  • Ellenwood
    Thu, Oct. 22
    Welcome Friend Baptist Church, 319 Bouldercrest Road

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