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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Howell, Franklin, Stover, Hum! Why Would Stover Deny his Special Needs Daughter a Gift from the Make a Wish Foundation?

W have taken some time to find out who Mr. Stover is as a man.  We found out that Stover, Franklin, and Howell all know each other well.  According to our public research Stover and his brother worked together to purchase several homes.  Easily found on the Probate Judge's website.  Fishy!  We are still researching some of the aspects of the purchase and sale.  We also found out that Stover is dating a lady that works for a prison and he has been seen in public with another lady quite frequently.  W reached out to Stover’s X but she refused to speak to us. We found out that the Stover's have a specials need child who requires a lot of love and attention.

I followed Stover and the lady friend from Morgan County to an eatery.  I was fortunate enough to grab a seat behind them.  Unbelievably Stover was ranting about his daughter being accepted by the Make a Wish Foundation for free trip to Disney World.  Stover made a statement that there was no way in HELL he would sign off for his daughter to take the trip.   My question is WHY WOULD YOU REFUSE SUCH A PRIVILEGED TRIP FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS DAUGHTER.  DOESN'T YOUR DAUGHTER DESERVE AN UNEXPECTED TREAT?   

Last but not least we was surprised that Judge Howell is the presiding judge over his divorce.  


                      Judge Howell, Sheriff Franklin, Ben Davis the State FOP president

The man to the right is former Huntsville police officer and was the State FOP president during the campaign Bill Davis.  He is the one along with Stover that invited the Sheriff out of state to an FOP convention, and he bent the rules for her during the FOP endorsement process and sat with her at the FOP meeting when rules for the endorsement were discussed.  There is more to this story that these three could tell you.  Ask them.

The comments below are from The Decatur Daily and AL.COM
Sheriff seeks to hire backer
Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2011 12:00 am
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin recently sent two of her campaign supporters for pre-employment screening for jobs that don’t exist, and in doing so, she did not follow county hiring policies, officials said.
Franklin must ask the County Commission for approval to create positions, and the jobs must be advertised.
Ronald Livingston was screened for employment by Occupation Health Group on April 14 and Richard Stover on April 15, according to Morgan County Human Resources Director Terry Naccarato. The county contracts with OHG to provide pre-screening for all county employees.
Franklin said Livingston, Stover and some others have gone for pre-employment screenings.
“We have several people we would like to look at to come on board with us,” said Franklin, who became sheriff in January.
But prospective hires aren’t supposed to be pre-screened unless they’ve been offered a job.
“Right after an offer is made, an applicant will go for drug and physical screening, and hiring is contingent upon the results,” Naccarato said. “Only candidates who will be hired are sent (for drug screening) because otherwise it’s a waste of money.”
Franklin said she has openings for correctional officers, deputies and maintenance work.
Records show that there are six openings for corrections officers and a maintenance worker. County Commission Chairman Ray Long said Friday that Franklin gave him a job opening announcement for jailers Wednesday and it’s posted in the courthouse.
He said she gave one announcement for all the corrections positions.
“They all have the same job description,” Long said. “You wouldn’t post it six times because it’s the same thing.”
Franklin has not gotten approval from the commission to create other jobs for which she plans to consider Livingston and Stover.
Working on chart
“She’s working on a reorganization chart (to include the positions) to re-organize her office,” Long said. “It won’t be ready for next week’s meeting agenda.”
Franklin acknowledged that Livingston and Stover supported her candidacy for sheriff last year, but said she is not hiring them for political payback. She did not say what the two men did for her campaign and they are not listed as contributors on her financial disclosure forms. She said Livingston used to be a Decatur policeman and worked for the Sheriff’s Department years ago. Stover is an employee with the state Department of Corrections.
“I know that they are considered for employment, for reorganizing that the sheriff wants to do,” Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Corley said.
He said Livingston has been doing volunteer work for Franklin but does not work at the jail. Corley said it’s his understanding that Livingston would have an administrative position that could include public relations and that Stover would be jail administrator.
Franklin’s move comes after she had an item placed on a County Commission meeting agenda in February requesting to hire a jail administrator for a beginning salary of $42,244.80.
Former Sheriff Greg Bartlett got the commission to abolish the jail administrator post after the officer who held the job retired.
At the time, Bartlett said the warden performed all administrative duties and there was no need for an administrator.
The agenda item stated that the jail administrator would fill two vacant positions, one at the jail and the other in dispatch. At the time, Franklin said she asked Chairman Long to remove the item to make sure she was following a federal court mandate which addresses staffing of the jail.
Must follow rules
Commissioners said then that the sheriff must follow the hiring rules, and that’s still their contention.
“Typically, the sheriff comes to us and asks us to make personnel changes,” District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark said. “She can’t create new positions without the commission authorizing her to because we handle the budget.
“It’s not that we want to micromanage the Sheriff’s Department. We’ll treat her like any other sheriff we’ve had.”
District 3 Commissioner Don Stisher said he simply follows procedure when hiring an employee for the county shop.
“While I don’t want it to appear that I’m just arguing with the sheriff, yet we have another employee situation,” said Stisher, referencing Franklin’s firing in February of Doug Key, a former investigator and head of the Drug Task Force. “I do not agree with what she’s trying to do, and here again it’s against the policy. We have established that she does have a policy and procedure manual, and she needs to follow it.
“I just got through going through procedures trying to hire an employee, and I think that everyone should do the same. She has two appointed positions, and those are filled. The rest need to be posted and go through the hiring process.”
The sheriff’s manual mirrors the county’s and states that job vacancies are announced, posted and may be advertised in a local newspaper. The state Employment Service may make referrals, also.
Franklin said she plans to follow hiring policy.
“We’re going to do exactly like we’re supposed to do,” she said.
If the commission approves the administrative positions for the Sheriff’s Department, the jobs then would be posted and advertised. Franklin has two political appointments, chief deputy and chief clerk. She chose to keep Corley and the chief clerk, who worked for Bartlett as well as other sheriffs.
Long said Franklin’s budget must have enough money to fund new positions. And the jail must be properly staffed to comply with a federal court order.
Bartlett sued the commission in 2006 to get adequate staffing for the new jail. U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon ruled in Bartlett’s favor and ordered the commission to provide funding for 88 officers to work three pods where inmates are housed, and Clemon ruled that 14 more corrections officers should be added when the fourth pod opened. The total number of jail employees, including the warden, should be 102.

Fraternal Order of Police Comments on AL.COM
by foosbama, 07/05/13 1:14 PM
I was glad to see an article by Seth Burkett from the Daily questioning where the funds from the FOP are going. If he will dig a bit further he will find out that the FOP is the one who endorsed Miss Franklin during her election. The night of the election the 17 votes were burned. When members asked to review them they said they were gone. Stover, the President of the FOP was promised a position by Miss Franklin, when the commissioners burst her bubble saying there was not an open slot for him. She sent him and Livingston to be drug tested on the same day and the commissioners told her she needed prior approval. Look into the FOP even further, her boyfriend is on the board as well as the guy she promoted twice in a year from Sgt. to LT. and put him over the task force. I am sure Stover is asking for charity donations to help her run for sheriff again. Investigate Seth Burkett. Print all of the officers of the FOP for us. This is the same reason the FOP in BHM was closed for straight up corruption.See article below:Police deny charity callsBy Seth BurkettThe Decatur Daily

The Decatur Police Department is concerned its name might have been used in phone calls by telemarketers seeking contributions to a local Fraternal Order of Police charity.

Lt. John Crouch said police received complaints and inquiries from the public about calls seeking donations for the “Shop With a Cop” charity in recent weeks.

Officers never make cold calls to solicit donations and aren’t involved in the FOP fundraiser, which is not endorsed by the department, Crouch said.

“We’re wanting to tell them that this charity is not in any way, shape or form associated with the Decatur Police Department, and we don’t have any involvement in it,” Crouch said.

“We also think it’s important for anyone who gives to the charity to know where their money is going and what percentage may actually end up reaching their intended recipients.”

Richard Stover, a retired corrections officer and president of FOP Lodge No. 46 in Decatur, acknowledged that most of the money from “Shop With a Cop” goes into the costs of putting on the fundraising effort.

The FOP contracts promotional company Area Benefits Inc., of Conyers, Ga., to solicit the donations.

“The company gets the amount they have to pay, gets their expenses, and then the lodge gets a very small percentage,” Stover said.

Asked whether that detail was included in scripted calls made by the solicitors, Stover responded, “That, I have no idea about.”

Stover said he didn’t have figures available regarding how much was raised during this year’s campaign or previous ones.

“We have to pay for the phone bills and offices. You have to pay for the fundraising, and all that costs,” he said. “It’s that way with every organization. It’s not just Fraternal Order of Police in a fundraiser. This is everywhere.”

The FOP is a non-profit organization, and all money remaining after expenses are paid goes to the cause of helping take needy children shopping in preparation for school, he said.

“We’re trying to help as many people as we can,” he said.

Any leftover funds are donated to the other causes, such as the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run or Decatur High Developmental program, he said.

Decatur High Developmental Principal Bobbi Burmester said the program received a $1,000 donation from the FOP in 2012.

“I was able to buy two iPads and two covers for two of my five classrooms,” she said.

Hartselle and Morgan County schools also received donations, she said.

Stover said Area Benefits Inc. was chosen because it’s a “highly rated, good company, used by a lot of FOPs.”

The Daily requested copies of financial reports from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office for campaigns by ABI on behalf of the Decatur FOP. Officials said they were trying to process that request.

A report obtained by The Daily regarding a campaign by ABI for the Fulton County FOP Lodge No. 64 in Atlanta showed the campaign raised $431,155 in 2011. Of that, $150,904 went to a paid solicitor fee and $189,707 went to salaries, wages and commissions, leaving only $90,543, or 21 percent, for the FOP.

It’s unclear whether the percentage breakdown is similar in other campaigns.

‘Small portion’

ABI head Gary Coine claimed his company takes only a “small portion” of the money, but he declined to be specific.

“I don’t talk about percentages with anybody except my client,” he said.

ABI hired an independent local contractor to handle solicitations, which ran from May to June. An employee of that contractor was fired two weeks ago over a complaint, Coine said.

“We follow very strict guidelines, and they are supposed to follow the script to a T,” he said. “If somebody doesn’t adhere to the script, we terminate them on the spot. We can’t have that.”

The police spokesman said
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ATTN:  Mr. Swygart,                                                                         23 January 2014

Sir, I feel that my concerns are note worthy on the following subject.  I have several calls to Montgomery and by the tone of the people I have spoken to at APOSTC and Alabama Sheriff’s Association they have heard from a great many of Morgan County citizens.

I recently found out that Sheriff Franklin paid for all of the deputies and jailers membership to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).  The cost for the jailers alone would cost approximately 6,000.00.  I have several concerns regarding the use of my tax dollars paying for memberships during an election year.   The FOP vote for endorsement for sheriff is 10 February 2014. 

The AG opinion is that it is legal for the Sheriff to purchase memberships to the FOP or any other civic group as long as it is "law enforcement related." The opinion asked for by former Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton.  So I must concede that the FOP is law enforcement related.

My question becomes is it ethical for the sheriff to purchase these memberships in an election year?  If the sheriff wins the endorsement of the FOP doesn’t paying her employees benefits the sheriff in her re-election bid.  It appears from the outside that the sheriff is attempting to sway the FOP vote in her favor.  The Sheriff in her purchases of memberships now has the majority of the members of the Decatur Lodge.   It stands to reason that the membership of sheriff's department employees would be much lower if the employees purchased the memberships their selves.

So, has the sheriff purchased memberships the last two years?  Or just this year in an election year where as she can personally benefit from those purchases? 

Regardless, the purchases in an election year now gives the Sheriff an unfair advantage in getting the FOP endorsement, and leaves the door open to reasonable doubt as to whether she is in fact buying the votes for the endorsement.  She is their boss, she buys their memberships, and she is there during the "secret ballot voting" watching her employees vote.  Two sheriff's deputies are on the executive committee, and some were on the election committee.  She CONTROLS everything there due to these purchases as it relates to the endorsement.  How in the year 2014 is this considered fair and ethical?

I contacted both Mr. Cavnar and Mr. Childers but was told that they could not comment in any communications regarding the FOP. 


Jamie Johnson

-During the FOP meeting on Monday night January 13, 2014 Sheriff Franklin arrived at the FOP in her county vehicle.  The deputies were also driving their county vehicles. 
The sheriff is using county resources to gain a political advantage over me and the other candidates. 
-The sheriff is misusing county equipment to include developing political pamphlets within her office and on county equipment. 
-The topic of discussion during the FOP meeting was political with discussions on voting for the endorsement by the FOP. 
-Ron Livingston who is an administrative assistant to the Sheriff has boxes of campaign literature and ink pens setting in his office. 
-Another concern I have is that the sheriff rarely arrives at work before 4:30 pm.  She is not accessible to me and other candidates requesting access to review financial records.
-Several people on the campaign trail told me that they have made requests to the sheriff’s office to review the financial records and were turned down by the sheriff.
-The sheriff has violated The Code of Alabama 1975, Section 36-22-13 and Section 36-22-8, which states that the books are to required to be maintained by this code and must at all times be open to the inspection of the public free of charge.

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