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Guin to leave post at Bevill State

JASPER (AP) — House Majority Leader Ken Guin, D-Carbon Hill, who was seen by some as a poster boy for “double dipping” in the two-year college system, has announced he will leave his part-time job at Bevill State Community College this week, ending his ties to the system.

Guin said he will resign Friday from the $48,721-a-year job with Bevill State that he has held for eight years. He earlier resigned from a similar position at Shelton State Community College, which paid $49,677 a year.

His resignations came as new Chancellor Bradley Byrne won state school board enactment of a new policy barring two-year system employees from serving in the Legislature beginning in 2010 and immediately restricting their ability to take leave to serve at the statehouse.

Letter of resignation

The Daily Mountain Eagle reported Wednesday that Guin, a Carbon Hill lawyer, wrote a letter of resignation to Bevill State President Harold Wade, who said last week he is also retiring Friday.

“When the lawyer becomes the issue and not the work at hand, it is time to reconsider the effectiveness of the representation,” Guin wrote.

“Unfortunately, this year I have become the story, and I am concerned this will have a negative impact on the college.”

He was contracted to do legal, seminar and lobbying work for the two colleges, but a report in The Birmingham News said he often submitted the same work reports to both schools, changing only the address and the president’s name on the documents.

Guin had previously said he intended to keep the Bevill State job until 2010, but told the Daily Mountain Eagle he’s been thinking about retiring for months.

With Wade’s impending retirement, Guin said he didn’t want his presence on staff “to hurt the chances for anyone there, who I may happen to be friends with, with having an opportunity to succeed Dr. Wade as president.”

“The whole attack on legislators working in the two-year system appears to be politically driven. My resignation should help remove one aspect of the politics from the search process,” he said in his letter.

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