DeKalb CEO Lee May cancels Thursday talk, but meeting will still go on

Posted by Dena Mellick October 8, 2015
DeKalb County CEO Lee May. Photo provided by Reporter Newspapers.

DeKalb County CEO Lee May. Photo provided by Reporter Newspapers.

DeKalb County’s Interim CEO Lee May has canceled his appearance at a meeting Thursday night in Decatur.

But the show will still go on. DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester said she will host the meeting from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium, and she criticized May for canceling the same day.

On Facebook, Jester entitled the Oct. 8 meeting “The Lee May Town Hall Minus Lee May Hosted By Commissioner Nancy Jester.”

She said, “It is irresponsible to cancel on the very day of the event. Lee May might not care what the people of DeKalb County have to say, but Commissioner Nancy Jester does.”

An announcement on DeKalb County’s website said, “The meeting originally scheduled for today in the Maloof Auditorium has been changed. Three more locations will be announced in the near future.” The revised meeting date is now set for Monday, Oct. 26 in the Maloof Auditorium in Decatur.

The town halls, dubbed “Up Close and Personal,” are described as “an opportunity for residents to discuss issues important to them with Interim CEO May, including the county budget, government operations, and other topics of community concern.” They were also a chance for May to discuss a recent scathing corruption report released by investigator Mike Bowers.

Only hours earlier, May tweeted the schedule of the town hall meetings, which included the Thursday night one.

However, it was clear some citizens were intending to call on May to resign following the report that accused May of borrowing money from a subordinate, Morris Williams, in violation of the county organizational act. At last check, several hundred people had signed a petition calling for the CEO to step down.

Jester said of tonight’s meeting, “All concerned stakeholders can still attend. Wear your Red for the Reform DeKalb Red Out. Commissioner Nancy Jester will video tape the public comments and deliver a copy to iCEO Lee May.”

She invited May to show up anyway via Twitter.

Here are the upcoming scheduled meetings with May:

Tuesday, Oct 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lou Walker Senior Center
2538 Panola Road
Lithonia, GA 30058

Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m.
Tucker – Reid Cofer Library
5234 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084

Tuesday, Oct 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Derwin Brown Memorial South Precinct
2842 H.F. Shepherd Drive
Decatur, GA 30032

Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
Welcome Friend Baptist Church
3198 Bouldercrest Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294

REVISED: Monday, Oct 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

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