Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin is selling his famed beach house on Alabama's Gulf Coast less than a year after he purchased it for $740,000.
Real estate agents Mary Beth Howard and Tinsley Myrick with RE/MAX Orange Beach each confirmed via phone Tuesday that the four-bed, four-bath house is for sale. The real estate agency currently has a listing for the four-bedroom, four-bathroom Orange Beach house posted on its website.
The site lists the 3,056-square-foot home at $799,000 and describes it as a "[f]antastic home in the heart of Orange Beach" with a boat slip that "can accommodate a big boat." The posting adds that the house has "large decks" and "lots of storage space and generous closets."
Entrekin, who is represented by Gadsden attorney Donald Rhea, sent a one-sentence text message Tuesday in response to an AL.com inquiry about why he decided to put the house up for sale.
"Don Rhea said not to answer him," the text message said. He did not respond a follow-up question seeking clarification about the message.
RE/MAX Gulf Shores agent Shelby Jurkiewicz, who is officially representing the listing, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
The home made national headlines following a March report by AL.com that revealed that Entrekin had personally pocketed more than $750,000 worth of public money intended to be used to feed inmates in the county jail he runs, and that he and his wife Karen had purchased a $740,000 beach house in September. He confirmed at a press conference later in March that he indeed kept the funds.But Entrekin - who also owns another less expensive beach house in Baldwin County, as well as several other properties in Etowah County - has defended the purchase of the Orange Beach home, saying that he did not spend the inmate-feeding money on the house and that he instead bought it using money made via past real estate investments.
AL.com reported in March that real estate records show Entrekin financed the purchase with a $592,000 mortgage from Peoples Bank of Alabama.
Entrekin has publicly blamed his recent primary election loss on the reporting that earned Entrekin the nickname "Beach House Sheriff." Entrekin's term as sheriff ends when Jonathon Horton, the police chief in Rainbow City, takes office in January.
Entrekin told AL.com earlier this month that he is under two separate investigations by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the state Ethics Commission. He said he has handed over documents related to his use of the inmate-feeding funds to both agencies. The Oneonta Police Department is also investigating allegations that he had sex with underage girls in the early nineties.