Former DeKalb County Commission chief of staff, contractor indicted

Posted by July 20, 2016
DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

The former chief of staff for the DeKalb County Commission, Morris Williams, and contractor Douglas Wayne Cotter were indicted on corruption charges, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Williams and Cotter were each indicted on two counts of theft by taking and one count of conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision. Additionally, Cotter was indicted on charges of making a false statement, the District Attorney’s Office said.

The case concerns work conducted on behalf of County CEO Lee May, who was a commissioner when the work was performed. May has not been indicted.


According to the District Attorney, “Williams instructed Cotter to submit an invoice to DeKalb County for work done by Water Removal Services on then-Commissioner Lee May’s behalf. The price tag Cotter submitted for the work done was inflated by $4,000. Several days after the invoice was submitted, the company was paid approximately $6,400 by DeKalb County. At Cotter’s insistence, the company subsequently cut a $4,000 check to May.”

Someone other than May endorsed the check, which Cotter allegedly cashed at his family’s business in Dawson County, the District Attorney’s Office said.

In a press release, May said, “I am aware that a former county employee and contractor have been implicated in wrongdoing. I support the judicial process and will cooperate to the fullest extent possible. The judicial process must run its course, but I am looking forward to a successful resolution to this matter.”


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