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Morgan drug court could open within year

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

It's possible that a drug court for Morgan County could open within a year, perhaps two, with a retired judge presiding.

Alison Nix, director of the county's community corrections program, said she made that assessment after learning that funding could be available through the state. Initially, Nix predicted that a drug court was about five years into the future.

The subject came up Tuesday during a meeting of the Morgan County Community Corrections & Court Services Commission.

Nix said Circuit Judge Steve Haddock, vice chairman of the board, told how he had received a call from Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb who said there could be money for a retired judge to handle drug court once a week, according to Nix.

Nix said Haddock mentioned retired District Court Judge David Bibb as a possible candidate. She said there will be further discussion about the matter.

Background check

In another matter, the board delayed hiring two employees for community corrections pending a criminal background check by District Attorney Bob Burrell's office.

One of the potential employees is from Town Creek and Nix proposes to hire him as an administrative assistant. She chose the other applicant for a case manager position.

The board must approve hiring the individuals and plans to do so Friday during another meeting. By then results from the criminal background checks should be available.

Like meetings of other public boards, the corrections commission is open for public attendance. The meeting Friday will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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