In his annual 'State of the County' address Tuesday, DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis avoided any mention of the ongoing investigation into whether he is corrupt.
So afterward, CBS Atlanta News asked him Tough Questions about the probe.
"With all of the scandals going on in the county, how can you assure people that everything's going to be OK?" asked CBS Atlanta News.
"I'm not aware of any scandals going on in the county," Ellis replied.
Last month, investigators raided Ellis' home and office looking for evidence on whether he rigged county bids to reward companies that supported his election campaign.
"I've addressed in the past. I've made it very clear that I've done nothing wrong," Ellis said.
In his speech, Ellis touted the successes of his tenure, including the opening of a renewable energy facility and compressed natural gas station at the Seminole Landfill, the DeKalb County Mobile Career Center, commonly known as the "jobs bus," and the expansion of pedestrian walkways and bike paths in the county.
But the speech steered clear of any mention of the county's negative press in recent years.
"How can you talk about the state of the county and not talk about the fact that the school board is on probation, you're under investigation for possible corruption, and then you've got a former school superintendent who is facing an upcoming trial for corruption?" asked CBS Atlanta News.
"Well, you know, as a leader of this county, as the CEO of this county, I have to come to terms with what I believe are the issues of the day that pertain to the operations of this county," said Ellis, adding that on the advice of his attorneys, he will not comment further about the district attorney's investigation of him.
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