DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester of Dunwoody got her way and more Monday when the county’s interim chief executive, Lee May, announced he would remove the entire board of the DeKalb Development Authority.
Jester had called Friday for the removal of Vaughn Irons, the board chair, after it was reported that Irons had received $1.5 million in country contracts to re-hab homes. WSB-TV first reported the story and the peculiar ethics commission statement allowing it. The then-chair of the ethics commission suggested his signature had been forged.
Irons is also the developer of a proposed casino-style development in south DeKalb that first received commission approval but since has been rescinded.
After demanding that Irons resign, Jester asked for a further review by the commission of all current and outstanding financial transactions by the development authority.
“Additionally,” she said, “I call on the CEO and the Board of Commissioners to explore all legal options to invalidate any and all contracts related to the reported $1.5 million taxpayer dollars related to any and all possibly forged county documents up to and including suing any company, entity, or individual to recoup these taxpayer dollars.”
She also asked for an FBI investigation.
For his part, May announced Monday that he would replace every development authority member over the next 30 days and already has begun to interview replacements.
“This will provide a fresh start for the DADC, as all board positions are either vacant or expired.”
DADC board members will continue to serve until the new nominations are confirmed by the Board of Commissioners.
Jester got a good laugh Sunday night at a Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association board meeting when she was asked about the school budget.
“That’s the other Jester,” she quipped.
Her husband, Stan Jester, a member of the school board, has his own duties.
May, the county chief executive, pressured the school board to name a citizens committee to participate in the search for a new school superintendent.
Stan Jester appointed two Dunwoody neighbors, Rick Callihan and Al Tiede, a problem for residents of his district in Brookhaven, Chamblee and Tucker.
The shocker, however, was the choice of the school board chairman, Dr. Melvin Johnson, to appoint the convicted felon, John Evans, to the committee.
Evans was sent to federal prison while he was a DeKalb County commissioner and now is president of the DeKalb NAACP. He was very close to many members of the DeKalb school board removed by Gov. Nathan Deal when the school system’s accreditation was threatened.