DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May announced that the county’s P-Card program is suspended for most users, with narrow exceptions in extreme circumstances of public safety and public works emergencies.
The suspension follows the receipt of a summary of preliminary findings from special investigators with regard to the P-card program.
“Just twelve weeks ago, I announced my intention to return DeKalb County to the people; implement real reform; and bring about more transparency, ethics and integrity – to the public’s trust,” said Interim CEO May. “Progress is being made every day but major challenges remain in our commitment to root out any abuse, corruption or malfeasance. This is the primary reason why we hired special investigators.”
The summary outlines examples of dubious expenses charged to the county with no apparent direct benefit to county government and/or with no justification or explanation given, including:
- Improper use of tax exempt status
- Purchases of unauthorized items, as outlined in the current policy
- Splitting purchases to circumvent the county’s $1,000 per transaction limit
The suspension of all P-card use is effective by close of business on Friday, June 12, with the following exceptions for departments that have critical emergency operations that would be detrimentally affected:
• Payment for motor vehicle repairs & maintenance (for County vehicles only)
• Payment for materials or supplies needed in the event of an emergency
• Payment for expenses associated with a court case
• Payment for repairs, maintenance, and service agreements for County owned equipment,
buildings and infrastructure (provided no contract is required to be signed)
“Let me emphasize that the vast majority of employees of DeKalb County are hard-working, honest men and women who do their jobs everyday with honor and dignity. I appreciate them,” said Interim CEO May. “I want those few who have not played by the rules to know that I am serious about restoring the public’s confidence, and we will continue to carry out reform and restore trust in our government.”
The DeKalb P-Card policy will be updated to reflect these changes.
DeKalb County is Georgia’s third largest county, with more than 700,000 residents calling it home. Known for its business and education hub, growing international community and natural wonders, DeKalb County Government is administered by Interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May and legislative policy is set by a seven-member Board of Commissioners.
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