As part of the indictment, Ellis is accused of coercing contractors to contribute to his campaign if they desired to continue business in DeKalb County.
Ellis attempted to boost morale and defended his innocence on all counts.
“I encourage everyone to stay focused and know the events of last week caught everyone by surprise,” Ellis said. “First and foremost, I have done nothing wrong.”
After this brief statement, Ellis made no specific mention of the indictments but continued to speak on the improvements he said he has made in the county.
“Public service is a high and noble calling,” Ellis said. “It always requires personal sacrifice. My parents, whom themselves were public servants, taught me that and my family practices that everyday.”
Ellis also defended his leadership.
He explained that he works closely with his executive board and all allegations that say differently are false.
“Anybody who knows me or has objectively examined my record knows my character and I stand on my character,” Ellis said.
“That is why I want you to focus and be encouraged. Don’t be distracted — don’t take your eyes off the ball.”
He said he is fully committed to the residents of DeKalb.
“I want you to know that since day one, I am fully committed to you and the citizens of DeKalb County,” Ellis said. “I don’t know what you have heard, but if someone thinks that I have not been here I don’t know where they’ve been, because they have not been paying attention.”