Thursday, March 7, 2013
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week the county has reached a point where incorporations could harm essential county services.
DeKalb County has reached a "tipping point" where continued incorporations of unincorporated county land could harm the county's ability to fund essential services such as courts, elections and libraries, county CEO Burrell Ellis said this week. – services all county residents use regardless of whether they live in a city. Ellis' remarks were released in a statement to Patch, but, speaking at a community meeting in Tucker on Tuesday, he also said he understands the desire for cityhood, but, historically, new cities often encounter difficulties meeting their fiscal goals and end up having to raise taxes just to meet basic needs. "You'll still be DeKalb citizens," he said, emphasizing that new cities cannot isolate themselves from their …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer says absolutely not.
The position of county CEO has for years been on shaky ground in DeKalb County. Sitting CEO Burrell Ellis has faced questions about the position's necessity in the past and successfully fended them off. But after the district attorney raided Ellis' home as part of an investigation into the county's watershed operations last month, local media and elected officials have questioned whether it might be worth pushing to eliminate the position once and for all. DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer, a frequent critic of the CEO position, said she still supported its elimination Tuesday. "This form of government doesn't work," she said. "I'm in my 21st year [as a commissioner], it does not work. We're not the federal government. …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Do you believe Dunwoody's cityhood has hurt DeKalb? Take our Patch poll and share your comments.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week recent and ongoing cityhood movements and annexations harm county services, and the state legislature needs to grant the county more oversight over these issues. Continued withdrawls of land from unincorporated DeKalb County into existing or new municipalities also threaten to slow the county's economic recovery, Ellis said Tuesday before a group of county businessmen Tuesday in his 2013 State of the County speech. Dunwoody incorporated in 2008. But some legislators who were part of that process remain involved with the larger cityhood issue across DeKalb County. State Sen. Fran Millar and state Rep. Tom Taylor have spoken recently before residents of the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff community…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis will give his annual state of the county address at 8 am at the Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center on Tuesday morning.
Monday, January 7, 2013
DeKalb County authorities executed search warrants Monday morning at the home and office of Burrell Ellis.
DeKalb County investigators searched the home and office of county CEO Burrell Ellis on Monday morning. From a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Three unmarked police cars were parked outside Ellis’s home in the Southland subdivision, Channel 2 said. The search comes on the same day as Ellis testified before a special grand jury investigating county watershed operations. Ellis appeared before local media shortly before 1 p.m. and said he's unaware of any wrongdoing by him or those within his office related to the department's bidding. He also said he hasn't had any inappropriate contact with county vendors that do business with the department. "We're just going to continue to cooperate [with the investigation]," Ellis said. "I don…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Burrell Ellis carried a healthy lead over fellow Democrats Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson in Tuesday's primary, avoiding a runoff.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis easily fended off two Democratic challengers to his seat in Tuesday's primary. The incumbent, first elected CEO in 2008, walked away with more than 60 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff, according to preliminary returns early Wednesday morning, defeating Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson. He faces no Republican challengers in the November election, so his primary win is tantamount to victory. Out of 75,399 votes, Ellis had 45,867, though more than 5,000 absentee votes had yet to be counted. "We've always talked about making your priorities the priorities of this county. That's what we stand for," Ellis told a room of supporters at about 10:30pm. "Tomorrow we get back to work." In his campaign, Ellis …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
DeKalb County CEO will discuss county issues Thursday at Dunwoody Baptist
- Peter Cox
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday night at Dunwoody Baptist Church. Ellis will be discussing and giving updates on county-related issues. The town hall will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Dunwoody Baptist. It will be Ellis' second town hall meeting of eight being held across the county. He held one Tuesday night in Lithonia. The rest of the meetings, including Thursday's meeting, are as follows: Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Dunwoody Baptist Church 1445 Mt. Vernon Road Dunwoody, GA 30338 Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m. St. Timothy United Methodist Church 5365 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Stephenson High School 701 Stephenson Road Stone Mountain, GA …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The week's top stories from October 31-November 4, 2011
Atlanta Public Schools Come Off Probation. Protestors Blocked On March To Atlantic Station. Smyrna-Vinings-Cumberland Area Allegedly Suggested For Ricin Attack. Fire Destroys Apartments Near Piedmont Park. Burrell Ellis Hosts Town Hall Meeting In Tucker. Wal-Mart Developers Meet With Medlock, Decatur Residents. APD Seeks Sexual Aggressor Against Women. Two More South Cobb Schools Make AYP. Bookhaven, Chambele Schools Hit, Miss On AYP. All Three Fulton Schools In Cascade Make AYP. Most Buckhead Schools Make AYP Standard. Three Sandy Springs Schools Did Not Make AYP. Grady, Inman Students Meet AYP.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The day's top headlines for Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Most Buckhead Schools Meet AYP Standards. All Three Fulton Schools In Cascade Meet Standards. Grady, Inman Students Meet AYP Standards. Burrell Ellis Holds Town Hall Meeting In Tucker. City Opens Former 'PVC Farm' Property To Public. New Principal Named At Riverwood. Wells Fargo Corporate (Community) Dividend.