As of Monday, July 8, 2013
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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.