Oden appointed by governor to serve on panel

CONYERS — Rockdale Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Oden was named to a three-member panel Monday that will determine whether DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis will remain in office until the case against him is resolved.

Gov. Nathan Deal also appointed Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeffrey E. Turner to the panel Monday. By law Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens must head the panel that will determine whether the indictment against Ellis relates to and adversely affects his ability to perform his official duties, according to the Governor’s Office.

Oden said through a spokesperson Monday it was too early to comment on the appointment.

The panel will have 14 days to study the case and issue a recommendation to the governor. According to Deal’s office, if the panel determines that the CEO should remain in office, that decision is final. If the panel finds that Ellis should be suspended, the governor will make the final decision.

Ellis was indicted last month on 15 counts that he illegally pressured contractors into making contributions to his re-election campaign.

Ellis has said he is innocent of the charges, 14 of which are felonies.

Oden, a Democrat, is serving his second four-year term as chairman. He was first elected in 2008.


roots 2 years, 4 months ago

Clayton, Rockdale and Dekalb counties. Sounds the the Gov. might be setting up a "Sting Operation". Opps, did I wright that aloud, nobody reads this stuff anyway.


Elmo 2 years, 4 months ago

We all have the right to write about the Wright brothers. ;)


Outcry 2 years, 4 months ago

it's always good to have someone proof-read first! just saying.


MsKito 2 years, 4 months ago

No guess as to what Oden's decision will be -- smooch, smooch, kiss, kiss.


Frustrated 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow Talk about a stacked deck. Ellis doesnt have anything to worry about.


nonpartisan 2 years, 4 months ago

I wonder what's in this deal for Deal?


Rob 2 years, 4 months ago

Never been a fan of Nathan Deal. This pretty much cements that opinion. Giving this yahoo any credibility proves to me that Deal really is clueless. Good thing he has a primary opponent!


heresyafacts 2 years, 4 months ago

"Oden said through a spokesperson..."

Oh, yes, he is SO busy, he doesn't have time to talk to the paper in the county he works for. What was on the schedule today? Golf? Lunch with the posse over at Stonecrest? Glamour Shots?


buck 2 years, 4 months ago

This is wrong on so many levels. The only other CEO of a county in Georgia will continue to serve. Wait a second Oden made up his title. We don't have a CEO in Rockdale we have a BOC chairman.


Frustrated 2 years, 4 months ago

Oden copied the title from his mentor Vernon Jones from Dekalb County. Jones also required every one to call him MISTER CEO


AJK 2 years, 4 months ago

I really really don't like defending Richard Oden!


Sec. 2-61. Chairperson; vice-chairperson.

(a) The chairperson shall be the chief executive officer of the county government and shall generally supervise, direct and control the administration or the affairs of the county pursuant only to the powers herein specifically conferred upon him and pursuant to the adopted resolutions of the board of commissioners in regard to matters reserved to the exclusive jurisdiction of the board of commissioners.

(b) The chairperson shall preside over meetings of the board of commissioners; provided that a vice-chairperson appointed by said board from among its members shall preside in the chairperson's absence.

(c) The chairperson, consistent with resolutions of the board of commissioners, shall establish rules and regulate purchasing services for all county departments, offices and agencies, including all such services for all elected county officials.

Source: Municode - Rockdale County, Georgia, Code of Ordinances


Clark 2 years, 4 months ago

But according to the section just above that "...BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS >> DIVISION 1 GENERALLY >>"

Sec. 2-33. Composition of commission.

(a)The commission established herein shall consist of three (3) members, of which one (1) member shall be known as chairperson...

The section you quoted is what he is, this says what he shall be known as, therefore, until this section is changed, I refuse to call the chairperson as anything but!


AJK 2 years, 4 months ago

Agreed Clark.

But to say "We don't have a CEO in Rockdale" is incorrect.

I too refuse to refer to Oden as CEO, but technically, he is the CEO. And that is how he justifies adding CEO to his job title. As long as he uses "Chairman" in front of "CEO" to describe his job tittle, I have little problem with it. CEO by itself, is a problem.

In my opinion, Oden shows his arrogance by adding CEO to his job tittle, and proves to me that he is in it for personal gain and/or self worth rather than serving the citizens of Rockdale County!


kt 2 years, 4 months ago

The point is that Mr. Oden doesn't seem to understand that he is NOT the CEO of the company. Because the CEO's of the company are the people who live here and who have to deal with his egocentric decisions day in and day out. He is a public SERVANT, who's attitude should be to SERVE others, not just himself. Its crystal clear that Mr. Oden has no interest in serving anyone but his own political career.


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