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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Morgan County Sheriff's Office Nepotism at It's Best - See Alabama Code Below

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.

2013 Code of Alabama
Section 41-1-5 - Nepotism in state service prohibited.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 41-1-5 (2013)

Section 41-1-5

Nepotism in state service prohibited.

(a) No officer or employee of the state or of any state department, board, bureau, committee, commission, institution, corporation, authority or other agency of the state shall appoint, or enter a personal service contract with, any person related to him within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity to any job, position or office of profit with the state or with any of its agencies.
(b) Any person within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity of the agency head or appointing authority, the appointing authority's designee, deputy director, assistant director, or associate director shall be ineligible to serve in any capacity with the state under authority of such an appointment, and any appointment so attempted shall be void. The provisions of this section shall not prohibit the continued employment of any person who is employed as a public employee as of August 1, 2013, nor shall it be construed to hinder, alter, or in any way affect normal promotional advancements under the state Merit System for the employee.
(c) Any person within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity of a public employee shall not be the immediate supervisor for or in the chain of command of, or participate in the hiring, evaluation, reassignment, promotion, or discipline of, the public employee within any state department, board, bureau, committee, commission, institution, corporation, authority, or other agency of the state.
However, this subsection shall not apply to an employee of a city or county board of education that is currently employed or to a future employee hired into a non-supervisory position posted in accordance with Section 16-22-15, where his or her relative will not be the employee's immediate supervisor, and where the employee's relative made no recommendation, cast no vote, and otherwise had no involvement concerning the employee's hiring.
(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.00 or by imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both. A willful violation of this section shall subject the public employee and the person or persons within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity of the public employee to disciplinary action, up to and including separation from state service.

(Acts 1963, No. 588, p. 1285; Act 2013-242, §1.)

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