After conviction tossed, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis returns to pick up last check

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 13, 2016

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Source: Wikimedia Commons

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is back on the job for approximately three weeks, an odd coda to a political career that was presumed to have ended over three years ago.

As 11 Alive reported, “Former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has a check waiting for him.” Ellis entitled to all of the back pay he did not receive after he was suspended, though it’s not yet known how much the county owes Ellis.

Ellis was suspended in 2013 after being indicted on corruption charges. He was convicted in 2015 and served his sentence. But the state Supreme Court recently ruled that evidence that could’ve supported Ellis’ claims that he didn’t routinely shakedown vendors was improperly excluded from trial.

That means Ellis is back at work until his term ends.

The county confirmed that Ellis returned to work on Dec. 12 and that his term ends on Dec. 31. His successor, Michael Thurmond, will take over in January.

But Ellis isn’t going to quietly run out the clock. He’s holding a press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to “thank supporters and address media as he re-enters office.”

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