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Investigators search emails of DeKalb CEO Lee May, others


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – A DeKalb County court issued search warrants for emails of interim CEO Lee May and other county leaders.

According to documents filed in DeKalb County Superior Court indicate that investigators are seeking emails sent between May and former DeKalb County Government Chief of Staff Morris Williams and former Chief Procurement Officer Kelvin Walton from December 13, 2010 and December 31, 2011.


The emails could be “in violation of conspiracy to defraud state or political subdivision” and “false statements,” according to court documents.

May issued a statement about the search, saying:

“Today, DeKalb County received search warrants issued by DeKalb Superior Court for emails for myself and two former DeKalb County employees. I have said from the very beginning that I expect full cooperation from all county employees as it pertains to the ongoing investigations into DeKalb County government. I include myself in that directive, and I have ordered staff to comply completely and as rapidly as possible.

I share the sentiments of everyone who wants to get to the bottom of corruption and wrongdoing, and these search warrants are a step in this process. Personally, I have nothing to hide; and there will be nothing in my email to suggest I have done anything wrong.

Any questions regarding the status of this, or any other investigation into DeKalb County government should be referred to the appropriate investigative body.”

May recently fired back against accusations by an investigator that the county is "rotten to the core."

May was appointed interim CEO by Gov. Nathan Deal after then-CEO Burrell Ellis was suspended on corruption charges. Ellis was later convicted of one count of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion and three counts of perjury. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

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