Blogger Commentary to Decatur Daily Article:
Sheryl Marsh was a fantastic Staff Writer for the Decatur Daily. She was fair in her reporting and never shied away from reporting the truth. Marsh had a way of holding the politicians accountable. In the end, Franklin's powerful tentacles appear to have won over Marsh's ability to report the truth for the Daily. Gone are the days that Marsh had the power to report the truth.
The women of Morgan County stood proud the day that our first female Sheriff was elected. We have entered the Twenty First Century. Morgan County Sheriff's Department would have diversity. All citizens of Morgan County would watch our county grow. More people of color could expect to be hired in the county. There would be both men and women in the drug task force. There would be both black and white employees working in the drug task force, and within each of the respective offices of the MCSO. Employees would have adequate training, education, and equipment to perform the jobs that they loved. The sheriff's office had a proud group of employees who were dedicated to the mission.
Marsh was eager to watch and observe and report the truth.
Below you will see some of the accolades we expected Franklin to bring into the sheriff's office.
We will bold and italic points of interest you may want to research.
We will call this article the promise.
Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2009 12:00 am
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Ana Franklin smiles real pretty and talks softly.
Underneath, she is tough — on crime.
Her record in law enforcement attests to that.
Franklin, 45, is making history as the first woman to run for sheriff in Morgan County. She will run in the June Republican Primary against two-term incumbent Greg Bartlett and contender Noel Mayfield, a former Decatur police officer who owns the Mallard Grill at Point Mallard golf course.
Franklin held multiple lead investigative positions in the department before she left in December to purchase Family Fitness Center.
If elected, she said, she will use her experience to run an above-board, transparent department.
A native of Morgan County, she has two adult daughters.
“I think the sheriff’s office is probably one of the biggest responsibilities there is in Morgan County,” Franklin said. “There are so many opportunities to do good in that office. We need to look at the things that are good and keep them, and we need to look at things that are not and change those.” Franklin’s ideas for change include reallocation of funds.
“The big change has to be community awareness through education,” she said. “We don’t have any resource officers in our county schools and there are grants that can be obtained to put the there. I would get the funding because it’s needed.” As reported on WHNT News, Morgan County Trains School Resources Officers, Posted 10:09 PM, August 12, 2013, by Al Whitaker.
She noted many county schools are far from first responders and resource officers could double as advocates for civic responsibility.
Working as a volunteer under Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely boosted Franklin’s childhood dream about law enforcement. She was a volunteer with the North Alabama Search Dog Association and a founding member.
She was a canine handler and one of Blakely’s reserve deputies for almost three years.
“He told me there was no bigger responsibility than to be a law enforcement officer, and that’s what I believe,” she said.
She worked with the canine association for 15 years.
In 2002, she went to work for the late Sheriff John McBride while he filled the unexpired term of Sheriff Steve Crabbe, who died in office.
She was lead investigator for the sexual offenders unit, probing all offenses involving children and registered sex offenders. In 2007, she was named Morgan County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year based on having the highest number of arrests in the county for several consecutive years.
Franklin was the first woman assigned to the county’s Drug Task Force and worked vice and narcotics throughout her career.
She worked undercover with local, state and federal agencies to bust drug and prostitution rings.
Franklin is no stranger to the methamphetamine epidemic.
“I am the only candidate (in the sheriff’s race) certified in meth labs, and I made hundreds of arrests,” she said. “I didn’t come after everything was over. I suited up and was one of the first to go through the doors, pulling samples.”
Franklin was the county’s only certified Drug Endangered Children’s officer, removing children from drug- homes.
She says law enforcement is more than making arrests.
“Sure, we want to arrest those who break the law, but we also need to do prevention through educational sources. That’s why I feel we should start when they’re young in school teaching them about meth and crime,” she said.
“The underlying cost of a large percentage of crime is drugs, and if we offered some type of drug rehabilitation for those in jail for months, we probably wouldn’t have to keep arresting them.”
In addition to arrest reports and other public records, Franklin said her financial records for such funds as the pistol permit and inmate food will be available for citizen inspection.
“I’ll work hard and I will do it with integrity,” she said.
Franklin is getting her political signs out early.
“There are a lot of folks in Morgan County, and we have 512 miles to cover.”
Franklin's campaign promise of ensuring our schools were staffed with Resources Officers was finally fulfilled in the last quarter of 2013. The rest of the article speaks for it's self.