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Governor supports idea of eliminating DeKalb Co. CEO position

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Big changes could be coming to the DeKalb County government in the near future.

CBS46 reported last week that DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester not only wanted interim CEO Lee May to step down, she wanted his position to be eliminated.  Now others are supporting that idea.

“We do have a dysfunctional government in DeKalb County right now,” Jester said. “We have got to change the form of government so that we can restore some order, internal controls and credibility to DeKalb County government.”

Jester said she was pleased to hear this week that Governor Nathan Deal supports the idea of abolishing the CEO position, currently held by May.

“I’m pleased to see that new legislators are joining those efforts and the calls to eliminate the CEO position. I haven’t spoken specifically with the Governor’s office about that, but I have left them know my thoughts that it does need to change and we need professional county management,” Jester said.

The idea of eliminating the county’s top job comes after claims of corruption. Current CEO Burrell Ellis was sent to prison for his actions and May is now under investigation for possible fraud.

Ultimately, it will now take legislative action by the state to restructure DeKalb County government.

“I’m very thankful we’ve seen a bipartisan effort in that regard. We have Republicans and Democrats alike,” Jester said.

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