A bill awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature requires the DeKalb County Commission to fill its District 5 seat temporarily.
However, that may not be a simple task.
Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams helped push the bill through on the final day of the legislative session. She told WABE, “The impetus for this was resolving a flaw in the law, as I see it, for dealing with the removal of a person from active engagement of their job.”
Lawyers in the corruption case of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis wrapped up two days of contentious pretrial hearings Tuesday. Much of the debate centered on what would be allowed as evidence in the upcoming trial.
Ellis' attorneys continued to argue District Attorney Robert James is politically motivated and should be removed from the case due to prosecutorial misconduct. They also said secretly captured audio and video of Ellis should be inadmissible because it was taken without his consent.
A pretrial hearing took place Monday in the public corruption case against suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Ellis faces 14 felony charges alleging he shook down county contractors for campaign contributions.
At the hearing, Ellis’ attorneys argued District Attorney Robert James should be disqualified from prosecuting the case due to misconduct issues. They said James is politically motivated and may be withholding secretly captured video of Ellis.
County officials held a signing ceremony for the new economic development deal in the parking lot of the Kensington Road MARTA station. It's one area of DeKalb they want to target for economic development.
DeKalb County is touting its new economic development program.
It signed a five-year, $6.3 million deal with the Development Authority of DeKalb County Thursday for the authority to serve as the county’s designated economic development agency for the next five years.
A state lawmaker sponsoring legislation for the proposed city of Tucker says he opposes the creation of a megacity in what is currently unincorporated DeKalb County. Currently, state lawmakers are considering the proposed cities of Briarcliff, Tucker and Lakeside in what is now unincorporated DeKalb County.
If you live in DeKalb County, you are likely to see more police and firefighters on the beat soon.
Hiring more public safety officers is part of the budget county commissioners approved unanimously Thursday, but that unanimous vote does not mean all commissioners are happy about the new spending plan.
The new budget provides money to hire 160 new police officers and 100 new firefighters.
The Georgia Senate approved a bill paving the way for the creation of the city of Lakeside. The proposed city currently sits in unincorporated DeKalb County.
Currently, the proposed city would border I- 85 on the west, Gwinnett County on the north, Chamblee-Tucker on the East and the Emory area in the South. Republican Senator Fran Millar spoke in favor of Lakeside.
“All I’m trying to do is give people a right to vote. This is a self-determination bill.”
“DeKalb County Needs Your Feedback,” reads the headline on inserts stuffed alongside county water bills this month.
The enclosed flier asks residents to offer ideas to include in DeKalb’s long-term strategic plan.
“God knows this is something that’s never been done in DeKalb County," says DeKalb interim CEO Lee May. “This is our way of establishing who we are as a county, understanding our assets, and really writing a plan that brings all that together.”
Attorneys for suspended DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis spent the last two days trying to get the corruption case against him thrown out of court.
Defense attorneys say charges against Ellis should be dropped because Ellis has not been afforded the rights of a peace officer. That includes the right to attend the grand jury proceedings that led to his indictment.
Several neighborhood groups in DeKalb County want to become cities. However, the chair of DeKalb’s legislative delegation is doubtful cityhood legislation will pass this year.
State Rep. Howard Mosby made the comments during a break from an open meeting between county residents and the DeKalb legislative delegation.
“I think that it is extremely complicated that I think us coming up with a great solution in the short time period between now and the end of legislative session will be difficult at best,” said Mosby.
The group hoping to form the City of Briarcliff says its feasibility study shows it would be a better city than the proposed City of Lakeside.
The study, from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, shows Briarcliff could pay for its services, with no tax increase, and end up with an annual surplus of almost $8 million, some 50% more than the surplus shown in a study for the proposed City of Lakeside which has overlapping boundaries with Briarcliff. The Vinson Institute also did that study.
DeKalb County’s Police Chief has just been promoted to an administrative job overseeing not only police but all public safety functions.
At least in the eyes of one county commissioner, an indication of Cedric Alexander’s performance in his new post will be how much money he can save.
In announcing Alexander’s promotion Thursday to Deputy Chief Operating Officer in charge of Public Safety, interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May said, “What we have here today is a unified front with the Board of Commissioners and the Office of the CEO in lockstep on this.”
Representatives from Fulton and DeKalb counties say they have run out of federal money to help people pay their winter heating bills.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – or LIHEAP -- is a federal program that’s run here by the Georgia Department of Human Services. It helps those who are over 65, homebound or who make below 60 percent of the median income (based on family size) pay for energy costs between November and March.
A DeKalb County Superior Court judge ruled Monday the city of Brookhaven can’t annex land which includes a prime office complex. The decision comes after Brookhaven’s city council has already approved the move.
Judge Tangela M. Barrie’s decision means DeKalb County voters will get the first say in the matter. Residents near the Century Center office complex will vote next Tuesday on whether they want the area to become part of the city of Chamblee.
Starting next year, DeKalb County’s 450 sanitation workers will have a new route to air their grievances, and they will have a union with them.
It’s not full union representation – no collective bargaining or legal ability to go on strike – but county commissioners are changing an ordinance to allow the workers to bring their grievances directly to Human
Some residents of metro Atlanta are being extra cautious as they head outdoors.
That's because wild boars are once again reported roaming around DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.
"If they're in a nice neighborhood that's plush and has nice yards and everything....that's where they're going to be able to eat and thrive," says David Neck, a wildlife control expert with the Atlanta-based Team Pest USA.
Neck says these animals are usually scared of humans and will maintain a distance unless they feel threatened.