Gov. Nathan Deal
Gov. Nathan Deal

Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to review the controversial DeKalb County government corruption report released yesterday, according to an report.

Meanwhile, DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May, who commissioned the report, only to find it calling for his resignation, is firing back. May denies the report’s claim that he received a “questionable loan,” and is threatening to withhold payment for the work of the investigators, Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde, according to

“I stand by my statement that I never received any money or loans associated with the $4,000 check,” May said about the report’s loan claim in an emailed statement.

In the full report, the investigators say they found alleged bribery in a county department and passed that information to the GBI. Deal’s request for GBI review appears to apply to all claims in the report, some of which were already known.

Deal appointed May as interim CEO after forcing out the previous CEO, Burrell Ellis, who since has been convicted of extortion and perjury in a corruption scandal.

The report also contains allegations of “questionable spending” and “suspicious charges” involving DeKalb Commissioners Kathie Gannon and Jeff Rader, who represent parts of the Brookhaven and Dunwoody area. Gannon and Rader have not responded to requests for comment.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.