The Decatur Daily reports that a bill filed Thursday included a local constitutional amendment that would prohibit the Morgan County sheriffs from keeping leftover inmate food funds. Folks, that is one of the best things we have heard recently and we get an opportunity to vote on the bill. Kudos to Senator Orr and those within our county that has worked hard on a bill that will no longer allow unscrupulously, unethical, and downright criminal conduct such as taking inmate food funds for their own personal gain.
Sheriff Ana Franklin was found in contempt of court for taking $160,000.00 out of the inmate food funds. Which by the way was three months away from the end of the fiscal year. Though she claimed a $21,000.00 dollar shortfall she took the money anyway. We do not believe there was a shortfall until she took the money. By far giving the sheriff a raise and shutting down the food funds to dirty rotten sheriffs like Sheriff Ana Franklin is a move in the right direction. The inmates will eat nutritional meals and the county will save money because no matter who is voted into office, if we the voters vote to approve this bill, no other sheriff will be allowed to do what previous sheriffs as-well-as the current sheriff has done.
According to the way we read the article, it appears that Sheriff Franklin still wants to bicker over shortfalls though it appears by Mr. Long's words that "But tradition has shown that there are never any shortfalls over there." Wow! Does that mean that the $21,000.00 shortfall that Franklin claims is just a myth she used to steal inmate food funds?
Sheriff Franklin told more stories about where she got the money to invest in the inmate food funds than Fibber McGee told in years. Franklin even claims that "Franklin, though, said shortfalls are not unusual." That is probably true in the world that Franklin lives in using MCSO money as if it belonged to her. We were told by one source that at one time Franklin was called by one of her goonettes that there were only $12,000.00 dollars in the inmate food funds and that Ana needed to get back here and take care of the problem. What happened to the money? Apparently, the commission wasn't made aware of the serious shortfall. Wonder why? Perhaps Sheriff Franklin has taken more money for the inmate food funds that we are aware of. The IRS should be banging on the sheriff's door.
Franklin planned on running for sheriff when asked on November 15 but now she is having to pray about it.
We know that many of you are still not believers that Ana is going to jail along with three or four of her goons but as for us we believe. Sheriff Franklin and her attorney Billable Barney Lovelace have spent a lot of county money trying to keep this sheriff out of jail. They have lied, tried to destroy people, paid informants to do their dirty deeds, and we the citizens have paid dearly for their conduct.
Again, thank you, Senator Author Orr, Ray Long, and others for giving we the citizens a voice when it comes time to vote for the bill. Let the citizens decide. Let the citizens decide who our next sheriff will be. We are more informed in Morgan County than ever before. The same goes across the state as it pertains to sheriff's taking inmate food funds to supplement their income. That said, each sheriff should be required to release the inmate food fund records for their time as public servants so the people within the state can see how egregious this problem is.
Last but not least our sheriff's in Morgan County have been very very bad. That is why this bill is needed. To our knowledge, Morgan County is the only county in the state that has proposed this bill.