MOULTON — The new Lawrence County sheriff squelched rumors of possible nepotism on his first day in office.
Sheriff Gene Mitchell said he has no plans to hire his brothers, retired Moulton police officers.
First up is Reserve Deputy Ray Mitchell who is a cousin to Sheriff Gene Mitchell. Ray is a fine fellow, many joke within the department with Ray being smart and such a good fellow if he is reallya Mitchell. Ray is commonly referred to as Santa Claus! This is because Ray Mitchell is in violation of the department's policy on facial hair, a policy that investigators and drug task force agents are not allowed to violate. Employees routinely talk about if he was not a Mitchell he could not get away with policy violations. Even though Ray has never been to the police academy and is not a certified officer
he is issued a marked county vehicle to drive, even to drive home. It hurts morale when one individual is allowed to violate the rules just because of his name and the fact he is family. Now theThe sheriff will say Ray provides a service to the County, the question is does that give him the right to be the only person to violate certain rules of the department that other employees and reserves must follow or is it really only because he is cousin Ray? More to come...
Reserve Ray Mitchell.