It has been shown that Terrell Bolton stole thousands of taxpayers dollars when he claimed to be working, when in fact he was visiting family and friends in Texas and traveling throughout the southeast. Now it appears a friend and ally of Bolton has been caught stealing taxpayer dollars in the same fashion.
DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson was paid by the taxpayers of Fulton County while conducting commission meetings in DeKalb. As you can see in WSB TV reporter Richard Belcher’s report, the evidence is pretty damming.
Johnson presides over the DeKalb County commission meetings, which can directly affect the police department, be it equipment, personnel or pay. While having his hand in the till, he fought against across the board pay raises for the police department and against equipping us with needed updated equipment.
We call upon Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard to prosecute Larry Johnson to the fullest extent. In the meantime, Johnson should immediately resign his post, or at the very least, step aside until this matter is resolved.
The entire body of the DeKalb County Commission should lead the way by censuring Commissioner Larry Johnson. Do they have the fortitude to do that?
C.E.O. Burrell Ellis has just been handed a major controversy. He appointed Larry Johnson as presiding officer of the commission. How will Ellis respond? Will he demand Johnson step aside? All eyes are upon Ellis.
The citizens of DeKalb should be lined up at the next commission meeting demanding Larry Johnson to step aside. It is time for the taxpayers to show they will hold anyone accountable who violates the trust of the citizenry.
It appears DeKalb County District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming has no intention prosecuting Terrell Bolton, in effect letting him escape after committing theft. Will Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard seek prosecution of Commissioner Larry Johnson? Only time will tell.
We pray that the citizens of either DeKalb or Fulton will not tolerate the violation of their trust, or the violation of the law. If they remain quiet, then it will be a sad day in our history.