We must admit that the New York Times article is interesting. It shows many of Sheriff Ana Franklin's true colors. The Times is right where Franklin is concerned about sheriff's only answering to voters, giving them often-unfettered dominion over county law enforcement, the jail, and lucrative service contracts. Sheriff Ana Franklin has had it all. In most cases Franklin purchased hundreds of thousands of vehicles without open fair competition, she selected the phone service contracts and promised the county that if they dropped the contract with the medical facility the sheriff's office used for years that they would save big money on the new company. Things have not worked out in most of these cases.
Continuing with the article we believe that we have a sheriff-gone-wild. Sheriff Franklin's conduct does not only border on fraud, waste, and abuse it is fraud, waste, and abuse. Most sheriffs are interested in putting criminals in jail, enhancing their operations, ensuring the workforce is adequately paid, equipped, and trained. Our sheriff focused on building a posse, rodeo events, high dollar horse trailers, gear, horse blankets, and embroidery for their high dollar clothing. This does not cover transportation and lodging for the entourage of MCSO employees, friends, and family that traveled with the sheriff and often got paid as if they were actually on the job in Morgan County.
Sheriff Franklin ensured that cash was greedily accepted because that was the money that was non-accountable and did not make it to the bank. We have said this before and we will say it again. Larry Berzett was seen walking in and picking up hands full of cash and pocketing it with no explanation. These rodeos allegedly were set up and maintained as non-profit for special needs. Yet, the sheriff's have no accountability of how these funds are spent. Sheriff Franklin could release the records to the citizens and the media indicating how much of these funds were donated to the special needs and how much of the money went to enhance the MCSO operations.But she hasn't and won't. Franklin also claims that the rodeos brought in approximately 20K in profits per year. Where did that money go? Why did the sheriff use money from auditable accounts that belonged to the sheriff's office to purchase and or pay for posse/rodeo items? How did the sheriff pay the outside rodeo company $25,000.00 per year to put on the rodeo events?
One part of the article is so despicable it is hard to discuss. Franklin claims she has done nothing illegal. Really! Being found in contempt in Federal Court for misuse of inmate food funds should account for something. We are pretty sure the sheriff is facing more illegal activity that will be brought to the public's attention in days and weeks to come. She claims she worked her tail off. Unfortunately, for Franklin, if she is human, she wasn't born with a tail. It is obvious she didn't work her butt off either
The biggest lie Sheriff Franklin told the Times reporter is how she attempted to train the deputies, to equip them with her piddly little budget. The piddly little budget that Franklin has been taking from since 2013.
Sheriff Franklin has run her office with the perception that she is above the law even bragging that she will never be arrested. Franklin bragged that she had the previous State Attorney General wrapped around her little finger. She probably did. She also claimed that she was close to Governor Bentley as well. She probably was. She claims that her boyfriend Charlie Mcnichol is best buds with U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We doubt that Sessions is trying to drain the swamp not add to the swamp.
It saddens us that as the Times states that the mere mention of Ms. Lockhart's name causes the sheriff to lose her folksy veneer.
We really enjoyed the New York Times article and find it informative and truthful. As for those employees who have not yet gone across the river, we encourage you to do so.
As for billable Barney Lovelace, we can't help but wonder how much money he has been paid by the sheriff's office and the county for representing the sheriff.
Imaging Billable Barney reading the Times article gives us a chuckle. Barney is so animated, a bully, and loves to jump up and down like a two-year-old when things don't go his way. Barney has accused the whistleblowers of breaking the law on more than one occasion. Perhaps he forgets that he was in the meeting when Sheriff Franklin, Bones, Blake, and Justin Powell coordinated the break-in of the whistleblowers' office.