Sanitation director to retire after crashing county vehicles - CBS46 News

Sanitation director to retire after crashing county vehicles

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The search is on for a new director of sanitation in DeKalb County.

County officials confirmed that current director Billy Malone, who is no stranger to trouble lately, will step down on August 31 after 18 years of service. 

“I really feel like he’s being pushed out. The reason why I think he’s being pushed out is looking at the track record that he has had in the past,” taxpayer Willie Pringle said.

Last October, a CBS46 investigation found that Malone wrecked several county vehicles, costing taxpayers more than $15,000. Surprisingly he was never disciplined until we reported the incidents, ultimately serving only a three week suspension. 

“For him to retire rather than be fired is mind boggling to me,” taxpayer Joel Edwards said.

We also uncovered incomplete incident reports, filed by Malone himself. Workers in the department called the process a double-standard when it came to accidents.

“For him to retire is a slap in the face to the residents of DeKalb County. He should have been fired,” Edwards said.

CBS46 also learned that Malone was arrested for DUI in 2003 in his personal vehicle, but was employed by the county at the time. 

Some say a change in leadership is long overdue.

“I just wish it was May 31. I think that would be the best for the county. If we could just start from the beginning, start with a new director and get some of these things ironed out,” taxpayer Charles Peagler said.

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester responded to the news by releasing the following statement:

“As point person on the Board of Commissioners, my office has received a very large volume of complaints regarding the Sanitation Department from every part of the county. The crisis in DeKalb Sanitation is bigger than any one person and it is not about any one person. It is about the taxpayers of DeKalb and their receiving professionally consistent service which they pay for with their hard earned tax dollars.  Moving forward, it is essential the Administration and BOC get a Director in place who has clarity on providing consistent professional service to the taxpayers of DeKalb County.”

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