Corruption report scrutinizes payments to Decatur High boosters, DeKalb Historical Society

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 30, 2015
DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

This story has been updated. 

A sweeping report into corruption in DeKalb County leaves no part of the county unscathed.

The report questions donations of taxpayer money made by County Commissioners Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon to local civic organizations. The DeKalb History Center and Decatur Bulldog Boosters received thousands in taxpayer money from the commissioners, the report released by former state attorney general Mike Bowers says.


The expenditures by Rader and Gannon were noted by the investigators questioning whether the gifts violated the Gratuities Clause of the Georgia Constitution, which forbids gifting of taxpayer money.

The brunt of the investigation focuses on the actions of interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May and calls on him to resign his office and allow for a special election. The report accuses May of borrowing money from a subordinate, Morris Williams, in violation of the county organizational act. It also says May tried to hinder and shut-down Bowers’ investigation after hiring him to help root out corruption in county government.

May called the report “laughable,” according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

According to report, Rader contributed $950 to the Decatur Bulldogs Booster Club from 2009 to 2013, and gave over $6,000 to the DeKalb Historical Society. He also gave $1,050 to the Druid Hills Athletic Foundation from 2009 to 2013. Gannon provided $950 to the Bulldogs Booster Club between 2009 and 2013 and gave $3,000 to the DeKalb Historical Society in 2011, the report says. She gave the Druid Hills High School Foundation $1,800, the report says.

Here is the full report, provided to Decaturish by WABE:


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  • Jan Atlanta

    The silence is deafening. From report: “Outside audits, management reviews and special investigations will not fix the problems with the governance of this county. Until reform-minded public officials who have the courage to demand that change occur are elected, this dysfunction will continue to fester. And they must understand that the transformation begins with them. “

    • Decaturmax

      Was Jeff radar’ s taxpayer donation to the Dekalb Historical society in conjunction with Drudi Hills civic association’s push to stop development in Chelsea Heights? Giving money to poor Druid Hills would not have looked good.

  • Cities Are Bad

    This report is nothing but targeting the good people that work for Dekalb county. None of these people will go to court they are all just junk charges to help the citys grow. Just distracting everyone from the truth that the county is still a powerful place to be and work. You will see that no jobs will be lost because of this story only the investigators will be fired. Lee May is a preacher and does not have a corrupt bone in his body. Keep dekalb strong and lets focus on keeping the city from being voted in.

    • Ward H. Silver

      Disingenuous, or just more LVHA sock-puppet baiting?

  • Cities Are Bad

    Mr Ward you can call me all the puppet names you want but it is the truth. Keep and make Dekalb strong and vote against the bad cities. Some charitys will lose some money from the county after this, but no one will be fired. If anything was too big to fail it is the county not some bank. If the county were to fail there would be chaos. The federal government will not let the county fail. Obama has our back on this and all things.

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