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DeKalb County COO Keith Barker Fired After Admitting Affair
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DECATUR, GA -- DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis says he fired the county's chief operating officer, who admitted having an affair with a county employee.

Ellis said Thursday at a news conference that the COO, Keith Barker, came to him on Wednesday and admitted having the affair. Barker was the county's second-in-command.

The CEO's spokesman, Burke Brennan, said the fact that Barker is married and that the woman is a county employee both figured in the firing, based on Barker not meeting expectations for a high-ranking official.

Brennan says Barker, who did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment, was paid $200,000 a year and will get six months pay as severance.

Brennan says Ellis will name a replacement for Barker soon, possibly on an interim basis.

He says the woman employee has not contacted officials and is not affected.

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