It is imperative that the sheriff of Morgan County ensure that the food funds go only to their designated location. We know that Franklin requested a legal opinion a couple of months prior to taking office in 2010 as to whether the judges ruling applied to her as well as Bartlett.
We understand that as of today there is almost $300,000.00 in the account. Things have changed in the commissary with long term employees being resigned. Franklin terminated the agreement with Halsey Foods and hired Merchants after her son-in-law became the local sales representative for Merchants Food. DeeAnn Goodwin who works for Venengine who is a third party vendor in the commissary. DeeAnn was given a MCSO vehicle to drive, sheriff's attire, and a gas card as of the day she went to work in the commissary. Who is writing the checks for the commissary? Why was it so important to move a long term employee out of the commissary?
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