Corruption report calls for interim CEO’s resignation

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said he will root out bad apples in the government after he receives a corruption report. Photo by Travis Hudgons

DeKalb County is plagued by “appalling corruption and a stunning absence of leadership,” states the long-anticipated report on county corruption.

The report, commissioned by interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, states that May should resign immediately and allow for a special election.

Former state attorney general Mike Bowers, who investigated the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal, was picked in March by May to root out county corruption.

In his report, delivered to the county Sept. 30, Bowers stated that the county’s poor leadership and widespread corruption “are a disgrace to its citizens and an embarrassment to our state.”

The report states that “May and others conspired to actively block” the corruption investigation.

“Our mission was to find and expose a much broader range of misconduct than that which would rise to the level of prosecutable criminal charges,” the report states. “It soon became clear that Mr. May and others wanted this investigation to be neither independent nor thorough. This interference hindered our work.

“If the public officers who have violated the community’s trust are truly concerned about the future of DeKalb County, they will resign from office today,” the report stated.

May has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. news conference Sept. 30 in Decatur.


3 thoughts on “Corruption report calls for interim CEO’s resignation

  • September 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    The Mistakes of Lee May, (just the major ones)
    1. just a fool
    2. just a crook
    3. just a dumb crook
    4. stole from the citizens of DeKalb
    5. hired the wrong man to investigate corruption (as Michael Bowers is above reproach and will TELL THE TRUTH, something that eludes Lee May)

  • September 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Thank You Special Investigator Michael Bowers and staff for this report on Corruption in DeKalb. Job well done, Outstanding !!!

    And where in the hell was the Atlanta United States District Attorney’s David Naismith and Sally Q, Yates during this massive corruption that I can assure you they were made aware of !!!

    One must question the motives of these USDA’s in turning a blind eye and sitting idle by as public corruption has flourished in The METRO ATL Area !!! And for sitting idle by these people get large promotions !!!

  • October 3, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    This report is a self-inflicted gun shot to Lee May’s gall. He hired Bowers while he is under investigation by the feds. What does he think Mike Bowers was going to do? Bring him a bottle of champagne and a basket of rose petals? Lee May thinks he is the smartest man in the room and will continue to talk himself into indictment for perjury. He is a nice inexperienced, immature young man who thinks that he is a leader because he was the SGA President at Clark. He never had any real job and never managed a budget and Deal trusted him a billion dollar corporation – What did you all expect?

    Lee May needs to resign while he has some dignity left. I hope that the Justice Department will go ahead and do their jobs and not continue to sit on their hands – Lee May, Watson, Larry and Barnes-Sutton need to be indicted while Mereda Johnson will keep digging a hole for herself. She is also part of the problem, she is another extension of the status quo- She used her husband employees paid by federal dollars to run her campaign and dished out 80K to pay herself from her husband campaign and sees no problem with that. They all need to go!


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