Nathan Deal hints at how he’ll handle Burrell Ellis case | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

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Jun

Nathan Deal hints at how he’ll handle Burrell Ellis case | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

The decision over whether Burrell Ellis, DeKalb County’s chief executive, will be allowed to run Georgia’s third-largest county in the face of criminal charges could soon land in Gov. Nathan Deal’s lap. And this afternoon, the governor gave his first hint at how he’s viewing the case.

Recall that Deal suspended six DeKalb school board members earlier this year over concerns that the system’s dysfunction could hurt economic development throughout metro Atlanta. But Deal told the AJC he views the indictments against Ellis, who is charged with theft, extortion and conspiracy, in another light. It ranks a little lower on the governor’s crisis scale.

“It’s different, just because a school board has long-ranging impacts on the school population and the reputation of the entire system,” he said. “I view it in a very different light although there obviously has to be spillover between the chief executive of a county and this kind of accusation, if it’s true.”

He added: “It would have an impact on people looking at DeKalb County as a place to go, but I don’t view it in the same context as a school board situation, which I think in the view of most people has a more long-term effect on the children of the school.”

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