"New sheriff won't make brother chief deputy
The Decatur Daily, January 17, 2007. Kristen Bishop.
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."
Comments from Lawrence County:
Are my eyes deceiving me? But the sheriff said he would not hire his brothers. But he did hire his brothers both of them.
This is Chief Deputy Colonel Kenneth Mitchell the sheriff's brother. Kenneth who uses the call sign LR-2 also operates out of what has been the chief deputy's office since 1998 when the new jail opened. He parks where the chief deputy has parked since 1998 but the sheriff will tell you he is not a chief deputy but a colonel. Ok, what is the difference? see it is all about words, it doesn't matter that he is really the chief deputy as long as we call him colonel.
Gene Mitchell denied throughout the 2006 campaign that he would hire his brothers or that Kenneth would be chief deputy even though Kenneth was telling anyone who would listen that he was going to be the Chief Deputy. Kenneth Mitchell like his brother Curtis did take the oath of office on the first day but was not placed on the county payroll till February 2007 a month after Sheriff Mitchell said he won't make brother chief deputy. For such a high rank and pay grade, what exactly are Kenneth Mitchell's duties and responsibilities?
Top two positions and top two highest paid positions of Chief Deputy and Captain are held by the sheriff's brothers. As the law reads on Nepotism this would be a clear violation of the law, it is also a violation of the County personnel handbook.
Is Gene Mitchell in violation of the County rules and regulations in the County handbook? specifically, Rule 1.2.1 Nepotism?
Is Gene Mitchell in violation of Alabama Code 41-1-5? Brother is within the fourth degree
Chief Deputy / Colonel pay according to the Lawrence County Commission: $23.24 per hour.
Gene Mitchell will jump up and down about this but I ask him to point out one single thing that is not true.
Chief Deputy Colonel Kenneth Mitchell.
Chief Deputy Kenneth Mitchell, below, Sheriffs brother, playing solitaire? It is what he does best and everyone at S.O. knows it.
Colonel Mitchell in the Chief Deputy's Office.