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County hires Decatur man to fill corrections position

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

The Morgan County Community Corrections and Court Services Commission hired a case manager, but failed to hire someone as an administrative assistant.

The commission met Friday to consider hiring two men whom Alison Nix, the program director, recommended.

The positions are to complete Nix's staff so that she may begin receiving participants in the program, which gives judges an alternative to sentencing criminal defendants to prison.

District Attorney Bob Burrell's office conducted background checks on applicants for the community corrections positions.

Circuit Judge Steve Haddock said at Friday's meeting that a background check of David C. Sloan Jr. of Decatur yielded positive results. Haddock moved to hire Sloan, and the commission gave unanimous approval.

Sloan has 28 years of experience in security and law enforcement, according to his resume.

He was a Decatur police officer from 1977 to 1980. Currently, he is security site supervisor for DSI Security Services in Decatur.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1974.

Sloan will help manage cases of defendants whom circuit judges refer to the program.

Before the commission considered another applicant for administrative assistant, Haddock said the commission needed to go into executive session to discuss good name and character of an individual. After meeting privately for about 20 minutes, the open meeting reconvened.

John Glasscock, chairman of the commission, called for a motion to hire an administrative assistant but the action failed for lack of one.

There was no open discussion about commission members' lack of action.

After the meeting, Glasscock, who is also chairman of
the Morgan County Commission, said the corrections
commission plans to consider other people who applied for the job.

The creation of the Community Corrections Commission emerged from a federal court consent decree that settled a lawsuit that jail inmates filed against county officials six years ago.

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