No findings in audit of sheriff office

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts recently released an audit of the office of sheriff and found no significant instances of noncompliance.

The audit was for the time period May 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2018.

Former Sheriff Grover Smith was sheriff during the time.

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This includes the operation and administration of the county jail and the custody and feeding of county prisoners.

The sheriff is also responsible for a food and service allowance from the state for feeding state prisoners housed in the county jail and operates a jail store.

The office also handles the sheriff’s law enforcement fund, which accounts for pistol permit sales.

According to the audit, the department received:

• $2.1 million in receipts for the general fund of which the majority came from federal inmate housing.

• $544,272.45 for the sheriff’s law enforcement fund of which $208,765 came from pistol permits.

• $219,276.76 for the jail store fund;

• $1.15 million in prisoner’s money on deposit;

• $126,702.66 in the sheriff’s process fund;

• $148,286.17 in the drug forfeiture fund;

• $8,897 in the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act fund.

The department dispersed the following:

• $2.237 million from the general fund of which $452,660 went to Smith for feed bill and $1.775 million for the county commission for service fees;

• $170,033 in the jail store food;

• $1.19 million for prisoners’ money on deposit;

• $133,428 from the sheriff’s process fund;

• $251,315.04 from the drug forfeiture fund;

• $9,023.19 spent from the SORNA fund.