DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. --Gov. Nathan Deal appointed a panel Monday to determine if DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis should remain in office.

Ellis was indicted last month on 15 criminal charges, including allegations that he attempted to extort campaign contributions from businesses that do work for the DeKalb County.

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The governor namedRockdale County CEO Richard A. Oden, Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeffrey E. Turner and Attorney General Sam Olens to a panel that will determine whether the indictment against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis relates to and adversely affects his ability to perform his official duties.

The panel has 14 days to study the case and issue a recommendation to the governor.

If the panel determines that Ellis should remain in office, that decision is final. If the panel decides the charges require suspending Ellis, the governor makes the final decision.

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