There are many reasons why Federal, State, and County offices have laws, policies, and procedures against nepotism in the workplace. I do not know of another office in the state of Alabama that has so blatantly violated this law as the Morgan County Sheriff's Office. FYI, an excerpt from the Code is appended to today's entry.
The sheriff hired her daughter Erika Franklin, her common-law son-in-law Jonathan Stebbins, and her first cousin Sandra T. Johnson. I believe that once Sheryl Marsh reported the hiring in the Decatur Daily that may have ended Erika's employment. There is no record of Erika's pay in the sheriff's general ledger however, both past and present employees of the sheriff's department verified Erika's employment.
Larry Brezett who is the "jail administrator" (whatever that is) manages his granddaughter Alexandria Brezett, Corrections Officer Dean oftentimes manages his wife (Corrections Officer Dean).
One good example of why the laws do not allow nepotism in the workplace is Larry Berzett managing his granddaughter who misused the NCIC database to check up on her baby's daddy. This offense is generally punishable by termination. Well! Not if you are one of the Golden Ones of the Morgan County Sheriff. Ms. Berzett was written up by Officer Hayes for her lapse in judgment. Ms. Berzett was sent home on the night of the incident, but did not miss any pay and was tasked to ride along with Officer Robinson on-road duty as punishment.
No known connection but Corrections Officer Sgt Hayes ended up on two weeks administrative, unpaid leave, and then an additional five and a half months of administrative leave with pay, was transferred from the jail to courthouse duty, without adequate gear that was afforded the other courthouse security guards to aid and assist in the event of a security incident.
Did I mention that Officer Hayes was also Jonathan Stebbins' supervisor? Remember Corrections Officer Stebbins? He is the sheriff's common law son-in-law who was arrested three times while he worked as a Morgan County Corrections Officer.