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32 apply for job as Lawrence County administrator

By Nancy Glasscock
nglasscock@decaturdaily.com · 340-2443

MOULTON — Thirty-two people have applied for the Lawrence County administrator's job and will be interviewed by county commissioners Friday if they still want
to go through the process.

The interviews are open to the public and will begin at 9 a.m., Commissioner John Terry said.

Commissioner Alma Whitlow, who was working in the commission offices Tuesday, initially declined to release the names of the applicants, but after reviewing a copy of a state attorney general's opinion and other legal opinions, she said the names would be released Wednesday afternoon. Whitlow said some applicants might not want their names published in The Daily and might withdraw their applications before Friday.

She said she would contact applicants who had asked their names be kept private.

Several attorney general opinions, including a 1990 opinion regarding the Colbert County Commission, state that resumes of applicants are matters of public record and should be made available to the public and press.

Former County Administrator Linda Harville was to retire Oct. 1, but the commission terminated her contract and the contract of assistant administrator Karen Harrison last month after commissioners said the two admitted they installed an illegal monitoring system in the commission office.

The commission office is a private room used by commissioners.

Commission Chairman Bradley Cross said in September that the administrators may have installed the system to prove they weren’t accessing Internet pornography using computers in the commission building.

FBI agents seized the monitoring system and interviewed county officials in September. U.S. Magistrate Judge Harwell G. Davis III placed the search warrant proceeding under seal Sept. 18, prohibiting public access to the affidavit, the search warrant and the return of the search warrant.

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