As of Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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Clayton News Daily
ATLANTA Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will hold in his hands the political fate of his counterpart in DeKalb County, the governor’s office announced Monday.
Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Turner, Rockdale County CEO Richard Oden and Attorney General Sam Olens to review the 15-count indictment of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.
Ellis was indicted June 18 on charges of theft by extortion, conspiracy in restraint of free and open competition in transactions with state or political subdivisions, criminal attempt, theft by taking, conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision and coercion of other officer or employee to give anything of value for political purposes, according to DeKalb County court records.
The panel will recommend whether Ellis can remain in office while he awaits trial, or if Deal should suspend him from office. The main issues it must look at are whether the indictment pertains to Ellis’ leadership of DeKalb County and whether it prevents him from continuing to perform his duties while he awaits trial.
The panel will make a recommendation later this month.
The Georgia Sheriff’s Association asked Deal late last year to form a similar panel to review the multi-count indictment of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. The governor announced in January that he would not form a review panel for Hill’s case because he was indicted while he was a private citizen.