Corruption investigator: 'DeKalb County CEO is lying'

Mike Bowers and Lee May

Mike Bowers, the former Georgia Attorney General hired to root out corruption in the county, says the county's interim CEO Lee May is lying when he denies he took out a loan from a county employee.

“I hate to call anybody a liar. Those are strong words," said Bowers. "But he’s lying.”

May said Wednesday that he has no idea where Bowers and his investigator Richard Hyde got information that May had borrowed money from an employee.

However, Bowers said he has notes from an interview with May that show the contrary. He said he's not out to get May or anyone else.

“We wouldn’t be worth a hoot if there wasn’t some passion about what we do. What is our passion? It’s what’s right there," Bowers said, pointing to his report. "We are trying to serve the people of DeKalb County.”

Gov. Nathan Deal tapped May as interim CEO of DeKalb County when CEO Burrell Ellis was under indictment, accused of shaking down contractors for campaign contributions. Ellis is now serving 18 months in prison after a jury convicted him of the crimes earlier this year.

May asked Bowers and his long-time investigator Richard Hyde to conducted the investigation to root out further corruption in the county. DeKalb County paid $850,000 for the investigation. In their report, Bowers and Hyde allege that DeKalb County is corrupt from top to bottom.

"Appalling corruption and a stunning absence of leadership in the DeKalb County government are a disgrace to its citizens and an embarrassment to our state," write Bowers and Hyde.

“The content of this report is at best laughable. At worst, it’s pitiful,” May said. “Frankly, I have to apologize to the taxpayers for this. I erred in the selection of Mike Bowers.”

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