Suspended school board chairman speaks out

by: Erica Byfield Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

Dr. Eugene Walker, suspended chairman of the DeKalb County School Board, said his suspension is unconstitutional.

In February, Gov. Nathan Deal removed Walker and five other board members following a report that said the group was dysfunctional and that it mismanaged taxpayer dollars.

A judge upheld the suspension of Walker and four other members last week.

Walker spoke exclusively with Channel 2 Action News.

"I was somewhat disappointed but not surprised," he said. "I didn't bring any harm to the county."

But Walker said he is not giving up the fight and has appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court. He hopes it will decide that the law used to remove him is unconstitutional.

"The last hope for the people rests with Georgia's Supreme Court," he said. "Gene Walker is going to be all right. They are trampling over my rights and the people's rights and I'm fighting for all of us."

The Georgia Supreme Court is expected to rule on Walker's appeal before the end of the year.