Update – County says employee not on leave
A source familiar with an ongoing investigation into county corruption says that the county’s purchasing director will be placed on administrative leave, but the county says he is still on the job.
The source told Decatuirsh.com that Purchasing Director Kelvin Walton would placed on administrative leave as of March 11. The source said the administrative leave is in connection with the ongoing county investigation stemming from criminal charges against suspended CEO Burrell Ellis. The source declined to be identified because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the case. Decaturish.com believes the source to be reliable.
DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan said that Walton hasn’t been placed on leave.
“Kelvin Walton is currently the Purchasing Director for DeKalb County,” Brennan said. “He is here.”
Decaturish.com attempted to reach Walton, but he was unavailable for comment as of 5 pm Friday.
Brennan said there are several employees under review as the result of a Special Grand Jury report released in September. He also said DeKalb County is investigating some new allegations against county employees.
“Recently, a multitude of allegations have been made in motions filed in a high profile criminal case,” he said. “DeKalb County is in receipt of additional information from these motions. We are reviewing them and other information as it pertains to all current employees. We will continue to provide all relevant information to our outside investigator and use this investigation to assist in guiding our decisions, however it is unlikely that we will receive all of the facts surrounding this case until the judicial process runs its course.”
Ellis is accused shaking down county vendors for campaign contributions. According to a Feb. 28 WSB-TV report, Walton was the District Attorney’s confidential informant in the case. The news station reported that two employees, including Walton, were under investigation by the county as a result of the TV station’s reporting. To read that story, click here.
Decaturish.com will update this story as more information becomes available.