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Dual post for director of Morgan corrections
Higher qualifications in new job description

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

The next Morgan County Community Corrections director must have higher qualifications and be prepared to handle two jobs in one.

The director will also serve as the drug court administrator once the court begins.

The Community Corrections and Court Services Commission approved a new job description for the post Friday.

Pay increase

In addition, the commission increased the beginning pay from $40,000 to a range of $50,000 to $56,000.

Human Resources Director Terry Naccarato revised the job description under which the commission hired ex-director Alison Nix in 2006. Nix had a bachelor's degree in justice studies from Athens State University.

Naccarato based the job description on information he gathered from other corrections agencies in Alabama and other states.

The old description required a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, court administration, public administration or business administration, or a closely related field, or five years of management and administrative experience in criminal justice work. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience with knowledge to do the job was also listed in the old description.

Naccarato removed "or" and most of the language from the old job description. In addition to a bachelor's degree in one of the listed fields, applicants must have one year of professional case management or rehabilitative work with offenders.

Background check

Applicants must also be able to satisfy an extensive background check and financial records check.

Sheriff Greg Bartlett, a member of the commission, said there is no need to advertise the job internally because the position does not fall under the county's merit system.

Circuit Judge Steve Haddock, vice chairman, and other commission members said the job could go straight to advertisement, which will be statewide.

Chairman John Glasscock and Haddock agreed to meet with Naccarato concerning the advertisement.

Drug court coming

Haddock said the drug court should start around the first of the year in accordance with the wishes of Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb.

County Attorney Bill Shinn made it clear to the commission that names of the applicants are public records.

"We don't want a situation like they have in Lawrence County," Shinn said, referring to the hiring process for a county administrator there.

Nix, who worked as director for about 14 months, resigned in September after the commission determined that she took money for mileage for trips she couldn't prove she made.

The commission ordered a $504 deduction from Nix's final paycheck to pay back the money for four of 12 trips she claimed she made on county business.

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