“The county pays both former county CEO Burrell Ellis and interim county CEO Lee May salaries of about $153,000 a year as set by a state statue,” said county Chief Communications Officer Burke Brennan.
He said the county will continue to pay Ellis until the conclusion of his term in 2016 or his trial, whichever occurs first.
“If Ellis is found not guilty, he will return to his position as county CEO and May will return to his position on the board of commissioners,” Brennan said.
The start of Ellis’ trial is set for July.
In 2012, Ellis was indicted on 14 felonies including extortion, theft by taking and conspiracy charges.
In 2013, an advisory committee, formed by Gov. Nathan Deal, was formed to determine if Ellis should be suspended in accordance with state law.
The panel unanimously recommended Ellis’ suspension, after which, Deal appointed May as interim CEO.
The county will continue to pay Burrell Ellis until the conclusion of his term or the trial. If he is found not guilty, he will return to his position as the county’s CEO.