- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The chief of staff and top adviser of the DeKalb CEO is resigning after news reports that he steered a county contract to a former official who later pleaded guilty to an unrelated bribery charge.

Media outlets report Edmond Richardson, who has been on paid medical leave for nearly three months, wrote in his resignation letter to CEO Lee May that he will step down Jan. 3.

Richardson took medical leave on October 6th, days after WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Richardson funneled nearly $25,000 to his friend, Jeremy “Jerry” Clark, for a youth services contract that was never awarded. Clark submitted invoices anyway, and records show he got paid despite almost no work product.

Richardson didn’t return calls for comment from media outlets.

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