ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Authorities raided the home and office of DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis while he was testifying before a grand jury investigating county watershed operations.
Officials say unmarked police cars were parked outside Ellis’ house in Stone Mountain while he was in court Monday morning. A grand jury is reportedly looking into allegations involving county watershed employees who were accused of accepting bribes from companies in exchange for waste disposal permits.
Later in the morning investigators also showed up at the CEO’s DeKalb County office.
Ellis says he is unsure why authorities chose to raid his house while he was in in court and he is unsure of what they may have been looking for.
Ellis was concerned for the well bring of his 83 year old mother who was at the home visiting from out of town when detectives arrived to conduct the search. Neighbors escorted her to another home during the search.
The county’s Chief Operating Officer, Richard Stogner, told a television station the raid was likely related to water and sewer issues that occurred before Ellis took office as county CEO.
Ellis told reporters at an afternoon news conference that he is innocent of any wrongdoing and has cooperated fully with investigators.
DeKalb County investigators from the District Attorney’s office removed several boxes, and a computer from the CEO’s house.