- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A report prepared by a former Georgia attorney general is calling on the interim chief executive officer of suburban Atlanta’s DeKalb County to resign, alleging that he violated the public trust, local media accounts said Wednesday.

The 39-page report accused county executive Lee May of violating that trust through what it described as a questionable loan from a county employee, according to the reports. The report also called for five DeKalb commissioners to resign, accusing them of spending county funds for gifts and services.

The report was prepared by a former attorney general Mike Bowers and lead investigator Richard Hyde.

May swiftly responded at a news conference that he has no intention of resigning, calling the report “laughable” and “pitiful.” He said investigators are charging the county $850,000 for their work, which he had requested, but he doesn’t intend to pay that full amount.

“I have to apologize to the taxpayers for this. I erred in the selection of Mike Bowers,” May said of the examination. “What we have to date is wasteful, and I’m going to be asking for some of our money back.”

Mays hired Bowers and Hyde to investigate the county’s spending, but interfered when that process began, according to the report. It also said May asked Bowers not allow Hyde to interview the county commissioner’s chief of staff Morris Williams, who retired from the county soon after.

The report also recommended that a new supervisor be appointed for county operations with the power and authority to manage all county departments, that all records of county expenditures be retained seven years and that all purchase card accounts used by county officials and employees be closed, among other steps, according to accounts.

May stepped in as the interim for Burrell Ellis, who was ordered to serve 18 months of a 5-year sentence for his conviction on charges of perjury and attempted theft by extortion.

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