Interim CEO Lee May Appoints Special Investigators to Help Restore the Public’s Trust


Interim CEO Lee May Appoints Special Investigators to Help Restore the Public’s Trust

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DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May signed an executive order which provides for the installation of two special investigators to review government operations and make recommendations to appropriate authorities, based upon their findings. 

Interim CEO May appointed Michael J. Bowers and Richard L.Hyde as the special investigators to provide a thorough systematic review of DeKalb County Government policies and procedures.  Bowers and Hyde are empowered to identify any conflicts of interest, corruption or malfeasance and make specific recommendations to the administration and appropriate agencies as needed. 

“This is the latest in a series of steps we are taking to improve county operations, as well as restore our image and the public’s trust in county government,” said Interim CEO May.  “The special investigators will identify the county’s risk exposure for waste, fraud and abuse, and proactively identify and investigate instances of wrongdoing. This might be a painful exercise, but it is absolutely necessary to restore the public’s trust in DeKalb County Government, and reset the high standard of integrity that public servants should hold.”

 The appointment of special investigators is the latest in a series of administrative reforms of DeKalb County government.  Since the appointment of Interim CEO May in July 2013, the following changes have occurred:

  • Recommended 90 percent increase in Ethics Board funding (10/2013)
  • Created Government Operations Task Force (3/2014)
  • Hired an outside consultant to streamline Watershed operations (3/2014)
  • Hired a new purchasing director (4/2014)
  • Overhauled P-card policy and procedure (4/2014)
  • Installed new ethics policy for administration employees (6/2014)
  • Overhauled purchasing and contracting policies (8/2014)
  • Reorganized Purchasing and Contracting Department (10/2014)
  • Hired an outside consultant to perform an efficiency study on county operations (10/2014)
  • Appointed Special Investigators to review all aspects of county Government (3/2015)
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