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.