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Monday, June 11, 2018

Sheriff Ana Franklin's Expert Opinion - A little too late

Good evening everyone ! Tomorrow is a very important day for our county and our state. Because I am not seeking the office of Sheriff next term, many of you over the past several weeks have asked for my opinion on who I think is best suited to serve our county. I have kept that to myself and don’t feel that I should influence the election in any manner for the voters. What I have found over the past several months is many misconceptions that are being tossed around by folks about the office. There are some important things to consider when going to the polls tomorrow to cast your vote.
The Sheriff is an elected official. It is an office, answering directly to the people, the voters. It is not a department. The sheriff isn’t a department head. It is a constitutional executive office - and as a constitutional official, we must be aware that there are certain powers and responsibilities that are constitutionally required of the sheriff and that follows his deputies as his appointees.
There are not 16 discretionary funds - they are audited by the State of Alabama Department of Public Examiners. They are all available to the public and the County Commission on the State website. All expenses and revenues are audited and are governed and dictated by by state laws and local acts and must only be used for the purposes that the law allows.
The school resource program in Morgan County was not in existence until Bill Hopkins, the School Board, myself, and those in our office worked out a plan to provide deputies in the county schools without a budget. The County Commission does not provide funding for these contract deputies. They do not provide training nor equipment for these resource officers. They are contract deputies and have no benefits nor are they employees. The county general fund does not contribute to these school resource officers. They are paid by the school board and the sheriffs discretionary funds. They are specially trained and all are certified. There aren’t enough of them and they don’t get paid nearly what they are worth ! They teach DARE, they do community events and are an asset to our schools and our children’s safety.
The Morgan County Narcotics deputies are some of the best in the state. They have worked tirelessly to help with our drug problem. The grant which funded overtime costs ended in 2015 and was restructured. This was at no fault of the Sheriffs office nor the deputies.
The commissary in the jail was completely restructured when I came into office. One of the candidates was quoted as saying that the jail store price gouged the inmates and charges prices 3 times that of convenient stores. This is absolutely false. We have prices lower than that of most all convenient stores. My direction to our commissary provider was that we will never take advantage of our inmates and their families. We immediately lowered prices and increased the inventory. We routinely price check the items and insure that prices are fair. Today I got the listing again and made trips to 3 different stores again, one of them was the Dollar General Store. The prices on most all
of the items are lower than the MAPCO and Pilot- many were comparable or the same as the Dollar General. I will post a sampling of these items and the comparisons in a separate post.
The jail is the largest liability in the county. I take very seriously my obligation and responsibility not only to our citizens outside the jail, but to those I have care over. We have many many programs inside our facility that are volunteer oriented and faith based. They are at no cost to you. They are geared to help those inmates that qualify re enter society at a better place than they came to us. That is not only my constitutional obligation, but my moral and ethical responsibility as a Christian.
We are now out from almost all elements of a 17 year federal consent decree that cost this county millions of dollars. This is due to new policy, new training, and a lot of emphasis placed on restructuring the Jail and operating under a constitutional legal based guidelines approach. We are extremely proud to have accomplished this. The new Sheriff will have to understand and comply with the ever changing court opinions and laws which mandate the operation of jails and the care and custody of inmates to insure that we do not seep backwards in order to save money.
The Office of Sheriff is that of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the County. I have 197 law enforcement employees under my direction. The majority of my day is administrative, way more than I like - It’s dealing with budgets and lawsuits and policy and employee issues all of which is based on the knowledge of the law and what is required of law enforcement officers. It’s also a working position. I review cases, I consult with prosecutors and my deputies, I make cases. I take statements, I testify in court - I think all of that is important and required of the Sheriff, especially for a county our size.
I have attempted to work with our county commission. We have stayed in budget and we have provided services to our community while funding has been cut- many many line items are no longer funded and aren’t even available anymore. We supplement those necessary needs with sheriffs discretionary funds. The new sheriff will be able to make those choices as he sees fit within what the law provides.
The pistol permit cost is set by local act. It cannot be changed without a new local act of the legislature. Pistol permits are governed by state law. The Sheriff has very little discretion in that matter.
I hope this helps some of you to understand what an important responsibility the sheriff has to our community. It is a working position. It is a constitutional office. And it is your elected law enforcement for the county. The office comes with great power and great responsibility and directly affects your community and your family. These are a few of the issues that have been brought to my attention and have been asked for clarification. Hope it helps some. 
I am so honored to have been one of the people that was given the opportunity to serve you. I am proud of the men and women that work with me. I like to think we got it right more than we missed it. I would
like to thank you all sincerely for your friendship and your prayers and support throughout these years. I pray continually for our county, our office and for the next person that steps into this role. The next four years will certainly be challenging and difficult for who ever holds that office. I wish them truly the best and hope only success for who ever that you choose.
Love you all - love this county:). Go vote!

25 comments:

  1. Ana Franklin is a plague upon mankind. Morgan County in particular.

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  2. Ron will do good. He will not hire convicted felons of family members and pay them while incarcerated then let them resign

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    1. Puckett, Ron to a lot of ppl make toyou think that's Livingston and he is a complete idiot that needs a GPS to get to work and is a drain on payroll who works 50 hrs in 2 wks but charges 80+ each pay sheet reflects this and Ana don't go to work enough to see it. You have to show up more than once a month if things are expected to run smoothly, so please say puckett. Ty lol

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  3. Ron pucket will not buy Bones new vehicles and pay him excessive overtime not worked.

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    1. Bones already has one as of this week. To late ppl. He can take it away but it's there.

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    2. If I was Ron, I would ask him to find another job. Morgan County Citizens would like him gone from MSCO.

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  4. The commissary was restructured when you came into office. Absolutely right. You dumped old vendor and hired your son in law Derek to take over. Then after he gets fired you place your bestie in there who allows you to skim the funds. Bought her truck. Gas card. Free trips to beach. Disgusting

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    1. That wasn't the commissary act it was jail food ordering for inmates for merchants food co,and Derek was fired after the jail for the account for misappropriation of funds. Look that up.

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    2. The car gas card and trips were/are given to Dee Goodwin who isn't even a employee at MCSO just the commissary co. But she still gets more than the employees do.

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    3. Interesting info about Derek. Fired huh?

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  5. He will also not punish employees pretending to be law enforcement officers with fake blue lights pulling people over. And cuz it’s your daughters friend reprimands him and sends him to jailhouse security. Pretty darn sure he won’t act recklessly like you

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  6. Plain and simple Ana Franklin fooled many of us. She set women in positions of power way back in North Alabama and is an absolute embarrassment to the state and nation. Why is she still in office?

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  7. And I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure he would not show up at a standoff of a man that just shot his wife in front of a bakery and bring him whiskey and have drinks with him and ol Blakely and offer to take him by his dads before he heads to jail. I think you are nuts

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  8. The turn over was great and there are many rookies who have no clue what it’s like to be real Law Enforcement. That will change.

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  9. Why are you emptying the department accounts buying the narcs new vehicles including bones even though he is supposed to be stationed in the office. Even if not 1 person has saw him at work in uniform like all ppl before him in the same position. So pretend a narc or pretend a admin who know but pretend to work is what bones is all about u can bet on that.

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    1. In his new truck. Bolo ppl he is watching you in something new......pic soon

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    2. It reminds me of when Ana Franklin bitched upon entering office that Bartlett left her no funds. Bartlett stated: He bought new vehicles for the department (nothing wrong with that). Ana cried foul about it...so if she's buying vehicles with remaining department funds (as you say,) it's hypocrisy at its best.

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  10. So, who wrote that out for Ana? It looks tacky now you've been accused of wrecking lives and doing so under the color of law. I just can't take that post serious. Why would she post that now? Hence the "little too late" part. But point #2 goes too...if you write such a post, you'd be in denial of what's transpired in the past.

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  11. Pistol permit fund...I get the permit fellcost is not set by you Ana but what happens to the funds?

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    1. The permit prices can be changed but it takes the sheriff to introduce a bill to the state to be voted on because each county charges different prices. Bartlett is the person who had it raised from $10 to $20 back in 2004. It can be done you just have to not be so greedy and ask

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  12. Oh, great! Now you tell us. If we had only known what a terrific and wondrous job you were actually doing, none of your current troubles would have happened. After all, all we had to judge you by were the inconsequential things such multiple law suits, association with felons, misappropriation of state funds, threats of retaliations, sexual and racial harassment, you know, minor stuff like that. But this, this magnificent tribute to yourself, could have changed everything. Forgive us for doubting you. We’re so unworthy.

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    1. That is the whole point....Ms Queen Bee Ana is above the law, and NO one can arrest her, she is the High Sheriff or Morgan County. Those were the words that came out of her mouth.

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  13. OMG, I can't believe this post. She is the sheriff that works so hard that she only goes to work 1 day in 2 weeks and that is usually to fire or do diciplinaries to employees, there are 12 accounts that are audited and 3 that are not made public and have never been audited. The pistol permit price can be changed with the help of a representative introducing a bill to vote on. The commissary is a bit over priced all you have to do is request a copy or have a inmate hold to the screen during viitation for a picture for the public. Further more that office needs all the prayers it can get as for friends working for you And you have less than 10 employees that support you everyone else are counting the days til you are gone. Seeing how much you have used and abused your Position as the Sheriff by being one of the biggest liars and thief in the entire county. You don't seem to have morals or ethics and as far as being a Christian you should be ashamed of your actions and how this county is the state wide joke because of you and those 10 employees that are just as corrupt as you are and will not be there after Jan 2019. With all this said good riddance to bad rubbish and feeling sorry for Ron Puckett because you are blowing all the money in all your office funds so he will run on nothing for a while because you are greedy, corrupt and petty. You can't go fast enough........ ✌

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