Blogger Comments: It is possible that Franklin could pay retired Decatur police chief Ed Taylor up to $24,000.00 per year to write policies and procedures for the MCSO. What Franklin is saying in hiring an outsider to write the MCSO policies and procedures is that she who has an almost BS is incapable of writing and or overseeing the writing the policies and procedures for her own office in house. That is a disgrace. The 24K being paid to Taylor could pay for a corrections officer, staff member, and or a deputy. Nothing against Taylor but the sheriff's office is under staffed and I personally would not want my name associated with Crooked Ana.
On the other hand and looking at this situation reasonably the persons who have been hurt over the past six years because of Franklin's negligence are the employees of the MCSO. The employees have suffered without guidance since Franklin rescinded the Morgan County Sheriff's Office Manual upon taking office January 17, 2011. The manual she
rescinded was approved at the state level. Ana. Just a little secret between me and you. YOU CAN'T do that in a government office. You must have an approved draft manual before you rescind the old manual. Didn't they teach you stuff like that in your almost BS classes. According to the deposition you couldn't remember what classes you took to get that so called almost BS.
Sad. Sad. Sad. And who suffers from all of your incompetency. Your employees, the county commission, the state, the federal government, and the citizens of Morgan County, Alabama.
Although he retired as Decatur's police chief, Ed Taylor’s influence on local law enforcement hasn’t ended.
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin has contracted with Taylor to have him update and reorganize her office’s administrative and enforcement policies.
“His years of experience in law enforcement are valuable to us, and he is one of the best when it comes to policy,” Franklin said.
A 41-year Decatur Police Department employee, Taylor, 65, retired March 1 after more than five years as chief. He began working with the Sheriff’s Office last month.
Taylor’s agreement with the sheriff stipulates his pay will not exceed $2,000 per month and bases the income on how much work he completes.
“He’s not on the county payroll,” County Commission Chairman Ray Long said. “She (Franklin) contracted with him to pay out of her discretionary fund.”
Taylor is charged with updating the sheriff’s policies on topics such as excessive force, de-escalation, use of K9s and pursuit of suspects. Those are included in what Franklin called the “10 most critical” policies to be addressed first.
“In law enforcement today, you can be doing something right based on best practices one day and by the next day, that may have changed,” Franklin said. “Court rulings come down all the time that change the way we are supposed to operate.”
Taylor said he’s comparing the sheriff’s policies with case law, national standards and other law enforcement agencies to make sure they are up to par.
“The sheriff identified an issue where she wanted to see the policy modernized, reviewed and also put in an electronic format to make it easily accessible,” Taylor said. “I began talking with her about it before I retired and our discussions continued well after that when I started working on it.”
Taylor said his bill to the sheriff last month was about $1,000.
The policy updates are a continuation of efforts the Sheriff’s Office initiated in 2013, Franklin said.
Franklin said the jail policy was updated in 2013 and she worked with a company — The National Institute of Jails — to update the office’s practices on things such as inmate mail, religious diets and body hair requirements.
“Because of what we did with that company, we automatically get updates on jail policy if there is a new ruling or guideline released on those types of things,” Franklin said.
The updates are expected to take about a year to complete.
“These are things you put in place one at a time, and it can take quite a while,” Taylor said.
Taylor said in his free time he’s enjoying time with his wife Carol and grandchildren.
“I’ve really been happy,” Taylor said. “And I’ve also been excited to stay engaged in the law enforcement community.”firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-340-2443. Twitter @aremkus1.