Fresh off the retrial of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, District Attorney Robert James said he's still looking into a question of "phony documents" that allowed Vaughn Irons to continue doing business with the County.
His office pulled records from the county government and the DeKalb Ethics Board in late February, soon after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News exposed the fake document. Ethics Chairman John Ernst said that's the last he heard from law enforcement on the issue.
I voted against the 2015 Mid-Year DeKalb County Budget.
It is evident that some of the elected leaders and bureaucrats in DeKalb government have little recognition for what constitutes competent service delivery and prudent financial management. The mid-year budget continues bloating government, does nothing to reduce to size of the bureaucracy, and raises the millage rate for the General Fund even though property assessments have greatly increased. Clearly, DeKalb ...is going in the wrong direction.
In addition to the already bloated proposal, the administration sent the Board of Commissioners a budget with even higher levels of spending, less than 24 hours before our vote.
I cannot support a bloated budget, poor basic service delivery, increased millage rates, and last minute un-vetted budget additions. All of these factors have led DeKalb to the poor status it holds today. I will continue to speak out and vote against these practices and habits. I hope that you will join me and let your voice be heard.
Nancy Jester: The County Does Object
A Special Event With Jack Kingston
Come Meet Jack Kingston and Support J. Max Davis
Former Republican Congressman Jack Kingston is endorsing Republican J. Max Davis in the Special Runoff Election for State House District 80 and will attend a meet-and-greet on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 11 AM to noon at Lucky's Burger & Brew in Town Brookhaven.
Support and vote for a new Ethics Board
By John Ernst
With the conviction July 1 of Burrell Ellis on perjury and extortion charges, our county began to fix its sullied image on ethics. It was a difficult day for many in DeKalb, but an important one nonetheless.
So where do we go from here?
We must continue to move forward. At our next Ethics Board meeting later this month, we will hold a final hearing on a complaint against one county commissioner and a preliminary hearing on a complaint against another. Our board will also determine whether we have jurisdiction on a complaint against the former chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority.
Many do not know yet that the current Ethics Board will likely be dissolved at the end of the year and replaced by a new board. Legislation enacted earlier this year by the Georgia General Assembly creates a more independent board appointed by organizations in the county such as Leadership DeKalb, rather than the CEO and the Board of Commissioners.
This legislation will be placed on the ballot in November as a referendum for approval by voters. I strongly support and will continue to advocate for this new board. I hope you will vote for it this November at the ballot box as it is most certainly is a step in the right direction.
Also, I’d like to point out an issue that continues to hamstring our Ethics Board right now. We currently lack a quorum to take action on many important decisions. After two resignations within the past few months, our board is down to five members, rather than a full board of seven. I call on Interim CEO Lee May to quickly fill these positions so that we can do the work of improving ethics and transparency in DeKalb for the remainder of the year.
Nothing could more clearly signal a new day in DeKalb County and a new no-tolerance attitude toward official corruption than immediately starting with an Ethics Board that has the membership to get down to work, rooting out corruption.
Will we solve the crisis of confidence in DeKalb? I remain hopeful that many recent sad chapters in our story will be followed by more positive ones. We are putting the right tools in place to solve many of our problems. I hope that we will continue in the right direction.
–John Ernst chairs the DeKalb Board of Ethics.
BILL TORPY AT LARGE
A sidewalk nobody wants paid for with money nobody has
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners have taken a formal step to become the first county in Georgia to sign and support the Georgia’s Not Buying It Pledge.
With the signatures of the entire Board of Commissioners on the Georgia’s Not Buying It Pledge, DeKalb County stands united in our determination to end human trafficking in DeKalb County.
I was proud to introduce this pledge and will, at the next DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting, introduce a resolution to formally record that DeKalb County supports the Georgia Is Not Buying It effort.
I want those who prey on the young and innocent to fear DeKalb County. If you wish to traffic our children we will find you and you will face justice. DeKalb County is not buying human trafficking.
The Georgia’s Not Buying It Pledge
With the understanding that the eradication of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) requires a long-term approach, as community leaders we acknowledge that our involvement is a critical part of the solution. For this reason our county is taking a stand to protect vulnerable children and to empower others with a standard that respects women and children.
We adopt this declaration as a beginning, pledging to…
WALK IN INTEGRITY
By not supporting businesses and / or activities that perpetuate Domestic Minor Sex
By raising awareness and speaking out against Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)
LEAVE A LEGACY
By fostering and maintaining an environment that protects children from exploitation and
educates them about the dangers of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST).