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Attending conference for county without job
Morgan County corrections director at meeting with man she tried to hire

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A record from a trip Morgan County Community Corrections Director Alison Nix made to Montgomery for a meeting in February shows a man whom she tried to hire was there, also.

A sign-in sheet from a meeting of the Alabama Association of Community Corrections on Feb. 12 shows Jonathan Bradford of Lawrence County signed in at the meeting.

Nix's signature is underneath Bradford's.

Both put Morgan County by their names.

The Daily asked Nix why Bradford attended the meeting.

"The only reason he went was for informational purposes. He was up for the position in the county," Nix said.

Bradford's reason for going was the same.

"I thought I was going to be employed, so I went to learn a little more about what I would be doing, but I ended up not getting the job anyway," Bradford said.

Bradford's resume shows he worked for Limestone County Community Corrections from May to November 2006. His resume states he was a part-time office manager.

She said David Sloan, whom the corrections commission hired as a case manager, was to go to the meeting also. Nix said he didn't go because of a conflict with his work schedule at his other job.

County Commission Chairman John Glasscock, who also chairs the Community Corrections and Court Services Commission, confirmed Monday that Nix recommended hiring Bradford in March.

Records show March 2, almost a month after Nix and Bradford attended the Feb. 12 meeting, the corrections commission hired Sloan as a case manager, but failed to hire Bradford as an administrative assistant.

Packets each member and the media got for the meeting included resumes of Bradford and Sloan.

The corrections commission hired Sloan, but before considering a vote on Bradford, the group went into executive session to discuss the applicant's good name and character.

When members returned to the open meeting, Glasscock called for a motion, but nobody made one. The attempt to hire an administrative assistant (Bradford) died for lack of a motion.

Served on Hatton board

Nix and Bradford served on the board of directors for Hatton Youth Sports Inc.

He was president of the board and she was secretary/treasurer.

A resolution the board adopted June 27 accepted Bradford's resignation and removed Nix from her dual post.

The resolution came around the time Lawrence County authorities told The Daily that Nix was under investigation involving forgery and misappropriation of funds belonging to the organization.

Last week, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said Nix remains under investigation.

Mays had her take a lie detector test, which she passed. Mays said Nix is innocent.

Travel expenses

Nix, who refused to discuss her travel Thursday when The Daily attempted to interview her, claimed $184.20 for the Feb. 12 Montgomery trip for the AACC meeting. On the same requisition she claimed mileage for a Feb. 9 trip to Montgomery, which she said was for computer training.

A trip that Nix claimed mileage for to Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women on July 23 remains unverified.

Brian Corbett, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, said last week that prison staff did not find a record of Nix visiting there on that date. Corbett said he also had the employees double check and search records to see if she visited another time. Corbett said Monday that they had not contacted him with any other dates, so there is still no record of her visiting the prison.

When The Daily tried to question Nix last week, she stopped the interview on a question about the Tutwiler trip. She said her attorney John Mays told her to refer questions to the county's attorney Bill Shinn. Mays, however, said Nix asked him about public records, not her travel.

County Commission office records show that Nix received $2,026.35 for 12 travel requisitions for out-of-town trips over a six-month span. Of that amount, $558.14 for five trips was disputed with officials in other counties, saying last week she did not attend meetings. Three other requisitions totaling $552.60 were not specific enough to be verified.

She said Monday that she plans to address the travel issues with the corrections board later this week.

Jackie Wolfe, director of Madison County Alternative Sentencing and Release, said Nix visited there once last year, but not on March 8, 2007, for which she claimed mileage.

"She contacted me shortly after her hire and asked to come over and look at our program with regard to community corrections and other programs and that would've been in 2006," Wolfe said. "She came within two weeks after the phone call. She has not been over here or spoken with me since."

Wolfe contacted The Daily on Monday to clarify information an employee in his office gave the newspaper last week about Nix's visit to Madison County. He said he thought Steve Watford, assistant director of Madison Community Corrections, was responding to a question about Nix's visit last year.

Watford was responding to Nix's claimed visit March 8.

Information Wolfe gave Monday, cleared up questions about another trip on April 4 to Madison for which Nix claimed $24.64 for mileage. That brings the disputed total to $582.78.

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