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Monday, April 2, 2018

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How ya doing, Ana Franklin?

  • By Sheryl Marsh
  • Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin created controversy from the moment she took office a year ago.
    She immediately demoted and later fired the commander of the department’s drug task force. Subsequent issues arose, one involving Franklin hiring a campaign supporter and placing him in a lead position that other deputies were not offered.
    But Franklin, who was sworn in as the county’s first female sheriff Jan. 18, 2011, gives herself a “good” rating for her initial 12 months and has no regrets about decisions she has made.Franklin said she entered office with a goal of “overall change,” but had specific plans to put her personal stamp on the department.
    “I wanted to give the community a feeling of security and confidence,” Franklin told The Decatur Daily last week, “so there were a few things I wanted to make sure we did along the way.”
    Among those things along the way: stationing resource officers in Brewer and Danville high schools and assigning two DARE officers, instead of one, in county elementary schools.
    Franklin also said she has developed a rapport with volunteer fire departments.
    “That was a relationship I really wanted to build,” she said. “They’ve helped us with meth lab decontamination, and they have given access to our deputies for satellite offices.“We’ve opened offices at Lacey’s Spring and Danville volunteer fire departments. We re-opened our office on Cutoff Road in Somerville.”
    Lacey’s Spring Fire Chief Johnny Abbett said he offered the facility to Franklin for a substation and it’s working well.
    “They’ve got volunteers who come in and run it on Monday and Tuesday,” Abbett said. “(Former sheriffs) used to have one out on the highway that they were having to pay rent for.
    “Ms. Franklin came in and said she wanted to open it back up, and we told her we had a spare office here she could use, and that would save her money on rent.
    “I’m glad we did it.”The late Sheriff Steve Crabbe opened substations during his tenure in the 1990s, but they eventually were closed for budget reasons, District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark said.
    Clark said Sheriff John McBride closed some, and Sheriff Greg Bartlett closed more.
    “That’s been kind of a moving target with every administration,” Clark said. “I think every administration had an opinion on how they should be run.”
    Expense isn’t the only factor sheriffs have had to weigh, but community populations and shifts.
    “If you take into account their coverage area, their biggest areas are Danville, Eva and Lacey’s Spring,” Clark said.Franklin said she also added to the chaplain program, which allows chaplains to ride with deputies when they deal with tragic situations. Also, she said she has sent staff for continuing education on meth certification and jail management.
    A day after she took office Jan. 18, 2011, Franklin demoted Doug Key, commander of the Drug Task Force, from lieutenant to sergeant, and she fired him Feb. 11, citing insubordination.
    “Restructuring the task force is the best thing I’ve done,” she said. “We’ve been able to mend relationships with other agencies, which gives us added resources and more committed involvement to do what it takes to make a dent in our drug problem.”
    Franklin said the agencies may assist in drug enforcement operations.
    Under Key’s leadership, Morgan County was ranked No. 1 in the state in busting meth labs, according to testimony given by Bartlett at Key’s personnel hearing in April.After the county Personnel Review Board upheld Franklin’s firing of Key, he appealed to the County Commission, which ruled it did not have jurisdiction to act on the board ruling, pursuant to the sheriff’s personnel manual. The manual gives the sheriff final say on the board’s ruling.
    Key filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
    Another issue of controversy came when Franklin hired Ron Livingston, 72, one of her campaign workers, as a captain.
    Initially, Livingston failed agility tests to become a certified officer, but Franklin said he passed them recently.
    She said Livingston is doing what she needs him to do.“He has worked to make sure we are involved in the community,” she said. “He’s over school resource officers, the posse and chaplains.”
    Asked what her weakness might be, Franklin said, “Time management.
    “There is so much to do so quickly, and it can be stressful. And, learning the ropes on how it will all work together and budget issues have been huge.”
    Franklin said she is aware that some employees have not been comfortable that their jobs are safe.
    “Fear has been a problem, trying to get everybody to understand that we’re unified,” she said.“I know that I am an experiment,” she said. “The voters have allowed a woman to come in as sheriff, and I am going to do what we need to do to turn the department around.”

    Sheriff’s self-evaluation

    Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin will finish her first year in office on Jan. 18. The Daily asked her to do a self-evaluation.
    • Administrative duties: Good
    • Knowledge of job: Good
    • Solving crime: Excellent
    • Dedication to duty: Excellent
    • Community involvement: Striving for excellence


  1. She lied day she took office. Only gotten a lot worst and corrupt

  2. "She wanted to give the community of confidence". Confidence that Bones would shoot every dog that crossed his sorry ass

  3. Her ratings on herself should be zero. She was no leader. She was in it to pad her and those around her pockets. She didn't give a shit about the deputies. It was all about the money from day one

  4. She surrounded herself with thieves. How's it working out good wins. You aren't even an employee yet you have Tahoe. Gas card. Gross

  5. You have been to several county paid for beach trips. I hope y'all had a grand time on county funds. Your well has dried up. Turn in your Tahoe and your all expense paid gas card loser

  6. What a total emberassment to Morgan county. I'm sure you have your thug it group on who is posting. Won't help your fat ass in end

  7. Ana and cousin Greg Stenson, we miss your bull spin on all of this. Please at least let Blake the Flake start showing forked tongue again. All of you have so very little time before you are like Steenson and can’t spread the lies spin and deceit. Please show us more of your anonymous trick foolery! Or just resign and let the county begin the rebuilding process without those who scourge it so badly. Ana, Bones, Robinson, Berzetts, Livingston, Powell, Goodwins, Smith and others like Zivet and Namey. Just go away and save the humiliation you soon face for trying to stay. We all can’t say it in the open yet because of retaliation but you must know we ALL want you gone. Enough embarrassment by your criminal actions. Who would have thought it all would have taken this long? Now, we will be forced to be a part of your thieving rodeo coverup and money laundering scheme! Will all the sales be cash based as usual? Will the rodeo even happen? Will it be your final stage to beg for mercy as you resign or will you put on poor pitiful victim eyes? So many rumors and almost no truth from Ana! One thing for certain this is Ana’s last stand. Will it be called off or used to rid the Sheriffs Office of any remaining money? Spite and greed or honesty for a change?