Autauga County School Board Responds to Ethics Complaint

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By Tamika Bickham

State Representative Paul Beckman says a former superintendent committed a major ethics violation.

Beckman filed an ethics complaint with the Alabama Ethics Commission against former Autauga County Superintendent Greg Faulkner.

Faulkner was defeated by current superintendent, Spence Agee, in March.

Faulkner did not finish his term which ran through December of this year, and instead stepped down in April.

Beckman alleges Faulkner negotiated to be paid $57,500, a six months salary, to leave the job early, which Beckman says is illegal as an elected official.

"Each county superintendent is required to devote their entire time to public school business. Not to go home and draw a salary and do nothing," said Rep. Paul Beckman.

"We ran it by our legal counsel. We ran it by the Ethics Commission. We talked to people at the State Board of Education, so we tried to do our homework and what we thought we were in authority to do," said Autauga County School Board Chairman, Mark Hindman.

The Ethics Commision agrees with the school board.

They say there is insufficient evidence of wrongdoing, but Beckman says he will take the case to the Attorney General.

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