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DeKalb CEO Ellis’ team of attorneys includes former county district attorney
by LaTria Garnigan
January 17, 2013 01:03 PM | 2549 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At a news conference Jan. 17, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announced the team of lawyers he has hired to represent him after a search warrant was executed of his Stone Mountain residence and county offices the morning of Jan. 7.

Ellis’ team of attorneys consists of former 12-year DeKalb County DA J. Tom Morgan, Craig Gillen and Anthony Lake of Gillen, Withers and Lake, LLC and John Petrey of Clegg & Petrey, LLC.

Ellis gave a statement to media last week after learning of the search and said he did not know that he was the target of the investigation. He learned of the search shortly after testifying before a grand jury investigating county watershed operations.

“It’s a pretty broad warrant that they’ve issued … I have been told that I will be given a list of anything, including my personal effects, that are taken away,” he said.

The search warrant, signed by Judge Cynthia J. Becker, of the DeKalb County Superior Court, detailed the following items to look for.

At the DeKalb County Finance office, any information pertaining to the American Express credit card records for Ellis was taken.

At his home and office, officers were in search of vehicles registered in his name, handwriting samples, personal and business financial records, safety deposit box keys or documentation, cell phones, electronic storage devices, all documents pertaining to contracts with DeKalb County, and consulting agreements with vendors doing business, or attempting to do business with the county.

The search of his home was also to include any records pertaining to DeKalb County probation services contract, lobbying contract(s), watershed management, ambulance services contract, Capital Improvement Program, Sentinel Probation Services, Montgomery Watson, Rural Metro Ambulance, Massey-Bowers, and the Ferguson Group.

Records dealing with all campaign financial related documents and notes or reports pertaining to the solicitation of campaign contributions were also searched for in Ellis’ home, his office at 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., as well as campaign finance disclosure records at the DeKalb County Elections office.

Computers and electronic storage devices assigned to members of his staff — Nina Hall, Karen Williams, Chief of Staff Hakim Hilliard and Joel Alvarado — were also searched for at his West Ponce de Leon office.

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