The President of DeKalb County prepares for his inauguration

And he’s already spending money even though not yet in office!

Burrell Ellis isn’t DeKalb County’s chief executive officer yet, but he’s already spending money.

The commissioner from central DeKalb won the primary election and faces no opponent in the general election. He’s already assembled a transition team to help him craft a budget and pick permanent members of his administration, and now he needs paid staffers to coordinate them.

Today, Ellis asked his colleagues on the commission to approve $155,000 in taxpayer funds to pay consultants, including his campaign manager Kevin Ross who is managing the transition.

Approval came despite concerns expressed by outgoing CEO Vernon Jones, who said the county was facing a tightening budget. He said some departments were already reporting that they were over budget, yet revenues are stalling during the tough economy.

9 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Actually, its a wise move on his part. Obama is snapping up all the corrupt leftist lackies for his administration and if Ellis doesn’t get a move on, there won’t be any left.

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    Double it and it only amounts to 0.05% of a $600M budget. I cut slack for a new guy to prepare to hit the ground running in Jan ’09.

  3. Rogue109 says:

    You’re right, Dave. Even though that money could be spent to cover the training and employment costs for two DeKalb County Police Officers for several years, it’s better that Ellis has a pompous “transition team” to great the new “Mr. CEO.”

  4. Progressive Dem says:

    What the hell is ‘pompous’ about having a transition team of local citizens to build consensus and provide direction to the chief executive of the largest local government in the state of Georgia? Most of the money goes to KPMG to sort through a complicated budget and revenue model in an economy that is difficult to respect. It is also wise to be cautious of the land mines that Vernon might be leaving. Sounds like a valuable investment.

  5. Dave Bearse says:

    Rogue:

    I grant that additional police may be a better use of the funds, but the County’s 2008 public safety budget is $186M. If the transition team is instrumental in the new administration increasing public safety efficiency by only 0.1%, the savings if $186,000.

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