Task force readies changes for DeKalb government

A task force empaneled to produce recommendations on how to make DeKalb government more ethical and efficient is expected to finish its work today.

With an end-of-year deadline looming, the task force has recommended community appointments to the board of ethics, reducing the influence of commissioners on appointments. But the task force also wants to strip the ethics board of arguably its most important authority: the ability to remove an elected official who violates ethics rules.

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The group, appointed by Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May, has been meeting for six months, and today it will conclude its work and make suggestions to the Georgia General Assembly.

Public pressure for reforms has grown since the indictment of suspended CEO Burrell Ellis on extortion and bribery charges and a special purpose grand jury report alleging widespread corruption in the county’s contracting.


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