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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis Returns To Job

Dec 14, 2016

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis returned to work Wednesday where he’ll finish out his term until the end of the year.

Ellis had been suspended from office for more than three years after he was indicted on corruption charges. After two trials, he was convicted in July 2015 and spent about eight months in prison. The Georgia Supreme Court last month overturned his conviction.

“We are very pleased at the ruling of the court. We think the decision reads very well, and I do believe that it vindicates me,” Ellis told reporters Wednesday in front of the county government’s headquarters.

The county said Ellis will receive a gross back pay of about $222,000, which is about $104,000 after deductions. The check covers the 17-month period from July 2015 through November 2016, a spokesperson for the county said.

Ellis said the focus of his remaining weeks in office would be on the county’s budget and helping with the transition to the new administration. Newly-elected CEO Michael Thurmond takes office in January.

“We’re going to make you proud of this county and we’re going to work as a team to get the job done,” Ellis said. “Why are we here? We are here to finish the job that we started.”

Ellis declined to answer specific questions about his legal case, citing advice from his lawyers. 

It will be up to the District Attorney-elect Sherry Boston to decide on whether or not Ellis will face a retrial.

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