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Nix never visited facility, letter says

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com · 340-2437

The director of a facility in Double Springs sent a letter to The Daily stating that Morgan County Community Corrections Director Alison Nix has never been to his facility.

Nix collected $40.54 for mileage from county taxpayers’ money, stating she went to The Bridge at Double Springs on June 25.

Tommy Bayne, assistant director of The Bridge, delivered a letter from Director Trent Stephenson on Thursday.

The letter states: “This letter is in regards to an article printed in The Decatur Daily in regards to Ms. Nix travel requisitions. We would like the record to show that The Bridge Inc. and its staff have had no contacts with Ms. Nix nor has she been to our facility.”

Written explanation

Nix gave her bosses this written explanation about the Double Springs mileage: “Facility is an all male facility with 6-12 month program. David was suppose to go back and share with the men about his son and drug situation and discuss community corrections with them at a later time.”

Bayne said he, Stephenson and other staff members read the article in the Sept. 2 edition, which included a list of Nix’s explanations for her travel.

He said they want to keep their facility’s integrity intact.

“We were concerned that our name was in the paper associated with this, and we didn’t want any discrepancy with our program,” Bayne said.

He said he and Stephenson spoke with all staff members to make sure that Nix had never been there.

“I spoke briefly on the phone with Ms. Nix a few months ago and she referred me to David (Sloan). Then I spoke with him a couple of other times about being a guest speaker at our facility. But he never came.”

He said Nix never requested to visit and has never visited the facility.

Other travel questions

The Daily started investigating Nix’s travel records in August and found six trips with discrepancies that amounted to $582.78. Because The Bridge officials said she never went there, the amount rises to $633.32.

Nix met with the Morgan County Community Corrections and Court Services Commission on Aug. 31 in an executive session to discuss her travel. The commission gave Nix until Friday to turn in affidavits for 12 travel requisitions for which she received $2,026.35 over a six-month span.

The trips that were disputed with officials in other counties and the state saying she never attended meetings, included one to Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. A state Department of Corrections spokesman said prison staff found no record of Nix visiting an inmate there on any date.

In her explanatory list to the board, Nix changed from “visit with inmate” to arriving at the prison too late to visit. She got $167.62 for mileage.

Also, Nix put “cannot recall” for a trip she said she made to Montgomery on May 21. On her requisition for that trip, she states, “Montgomery mileage,” and gives no explanation.

The corrections commission plans to meet with Nix again Monday.

The County Commission approved the job description and salary for the director’s position. Commission Chairman Pro Tem Jeff Clark said the commission could possibly take action in the situation.

“There’s obviously some discrepancies, and I feel like the corrections board will review it and offer us an explanation and recommendation as to what to do,” said Clark. “I think we would consider that recommendation and act on it.”

Meanwhile, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said Thursday that Nix is still under investigation there involving forgery and misappropriation of funds that belonged to Hatton Youth Sports Inc.

Nix’s attorney said she passed a lie detector test and she is innocent.

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