The governor is expected soon to suspend Ellis, which will leave DeKalb in search of a new leader. So who'll stand at the helm next? The AJC's Greg Bluestein chatted with Deal and offered his take earlier today:
It comes as little surprise after Monday's unanimous vote from a three-member, state-appointed panel. But the big question is who [Gov. Nathan Deal] will name. He gave us a few clues after an event on Tuesday:
"It would be a combination of qualities. Obviously you would like to have someone who was tested with the voters but also someone with the background and skills who has run a large county such as DeKalb."
A few names have floated around, including Commissioner Lee May, ex-Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd and former DeKalb chief executive Liane Levetan. One name you can strike off the list is state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Atlanta. He was seen walking into the governor's office Tuesday afternoon, but Deal's aides said it was purely for his advice on what the governor should do next.
The move comes approximately one month after Ellis was accused of pressuring county contractors for campaign contributions. He was charged with theft by taking, conspiracy to commit theft by extortion, conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision, criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion, and criminal attempts to commit false statements and writings, among others.
UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Gov. Deal has officially suspended Ellis, effective immediately, and has tapped Commissioner Lee May as his replacement.
Gov. Nathan Deal suspends DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis on corruption charges. #dekalbcofinest pic.twitter.com/Y0MO3tJ9gY
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