ATLANTA, Ga. -- A panel considering whether indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis should be suspended from office was meeting behind closed doors to consider his fate.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the panel on Monday heard more than an hour of testimony before beginning their private deliberations late Monday morning.

Prosecutors say Ellis tried to extort campaign contributions from companies and their employees. Prosecutors allege Ellis instructed the county's director of purchasing and contracting to prevent some companies from getting business because they didn't contribute to his campaign.

Ellis has denied any wrongdoing.

The newspaper reports that the three-member panel is expected to render a decision to Gov. Nathan Deal sometime Monday. It will be up to the governor's office to make the conclusion public.