Former E-911 Director Faces Felony Charges

Marsha Spurlin

Former Clay County E-911 Director, Marsha Spurlin, was late to be added to the list of indictments handed down by the Grand Jury on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Spurlin has been charged with Theft of Services 1st and Theft of Property 1st.

Spurlin was terminated from Clay County E-911 in January 2016, and although the reason for her termination was never specified, there were allegations of misconduct, misappropriation of funds, and abuse of authority.  Shortly after her termination, an investigation was launched into alleged wrongful activity of the former Director by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

According to the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts State Audit for this time frame, this wrongful activity is confirmed in great detail. The report names Spurlin doctoring her time card for overpayment of hours,  and giving herself a raise without consulting district, among several other issues . Below is a description of a charge made by Chief Examiner on audit report:

The Director was responsible for communicating to an outside payroll service the approved amounts of compensation to be paid for each employee. The Director instructed the payroll service to pay her additional amounts which were not authorized or approved by the District. These unauthorized amounts include an additional 13.33 hours in addition to her normal salary, 10.42 hours of overtime, 65.33 hours of holiday pay, 20 hours of leave sold and an excess amount received from a one-time salary increase. Additionally, the Director increased her base salary without authorization or approval of the District.

The report can be read in its entirety at: http://www.examiners.state.al.us/ReportSearch.aspx

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Spurlin’s bond has been set at $20,000 for these felony charges. Her arraignment will take place on April 26, 2017.

 

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