Marion County Commission

Personal information secure, Hunt says

HAMILTON - Personal information and data are believed to be secure following a cyber attack that hit the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Monday, March 2.
On the day before the Tuesday, March 3, primary election, a server housing data for Marion County’s probate and revenue commission offices was infected by ransomware, shutting down operations at both offices for the rest of the week.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

Bill being filed to consolidate polling places

HAMILTON - A local bill being filed with the Alabama Legislature would consolidate eight voter boxes into three.
The bill was discussed during the Marion County Commission’s meeting on Monday, March 9, when Marion County Probate Judge Paige Vick gave notice to the commission on behalf of the Secretary of State’s Office that there is push to assure handicap accessible polling places.
She explained that the issue is a primary concern for the U.S. Department of Justice in 2020.

Cochran: ‘I just don’t understand’

HAMILTON - Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran and District 2 employee David Ballard spoke to the Journal Record on Friday, Feb. 14, following Exie Spears’ prepared address to the Marion County Commission on Monday, Feb. 10.
During the meeting, Cochran stated that Spears was never officially voted to be appointed foreman by the commission.
At the time of the meeting, county administrator Kalyn Moore stated that she could not find any evidence of Spears’ official appointment as District 2 foreman.

Byrd: ‘He was as good a hand as I ever had’

HAMILTON -  Former District 2 Marion County Commissioner Eddie Byrd spoke to the Journal Record concerning county employee Exie Spears following Spears’ address concerning his relationship with current District 2 commissioner Kenneth Cochran at the commission’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, at the commission office in Hamilton.
“I’ve never had a problem with him (Spears). Kenneth has never liked Exie, I don’t know why,” stated Byrd.

Cochran: ‘I never recognized you as my foreman’


Marion County District 2 Foreman Exie Spears reads from a prepared statement before the Marion County Commission concerning the work relationship between Spears and District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran.

HAMILTON - Marion County District 2 Foreman Exie Spears addressed the Marion County Commission concerning the work relationship between Spears and District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran during a regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, at the commission office in Hamilton.
“For the last several years I have been an employee here, Kenneth Cochran was one of my employees and now he’s my commissioner,” Spears said in a prepared statement.

$60,000 bid accepted for new computers

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission unanimously approved a bid for 15 new computers and docking stations for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department during a special-called meeting on Monday, Jan. 27, at the commission office in Hamilton.
The accepted bid was for $60,126.90 from Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW Government LLC, a company that provides computers and software to businesses, government offices, and education and healthcare organizations.

 

Overtime to be retroactively paid to county employees

HAMILTON  - The Marion County Commission unanimously voted to amend the employee handbook concerning overtime hours and retroactively pay employees who worked overtime during the Christmas holiday period on Dec. 23 and 26, 2019, during a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 13, at the commission office in Hamilton.
According to commission chairman, Tim “Ears” Estes, the county’s employee handbook states that employees must work 40 hours before they receive overtime pay.  
This means that holidays would not contribute to hours worked for employees.

Terrell selected as new EMA director

HAMILTON - Marion County Commissioners Dale Holt, Kenneth Cochran and Keith Nichols voted for Eric Terrell to succeed Jimmy Mills as Marion County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director during a regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Terrell, 44, is a resident of Hamilton and currently serving as a property book officer in the 877th Engineer Battalion until his official appointment as EMA director effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Slatton presents Grand Jury jail report


Marion County District Attorney Scott Slatton is shown presenting the Grand Jury report concerning the Marion County Jail inspection during a regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, at the commission office in Hamilton

HAMILTON - Marion County district attorney Scott Slatton addressed the Marion County Commission concerning the Grand Jury visit to the Marion County Jail during a regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, at the commission office in Hamilton.
According to Slatton, the Grand Jury meets four times per year, and Alabama statute requires that the jury inspects the Marion County Jail annually.
Slatton stated that 16 citizens, representing all five Marion County Commission districts, visited the jail in order to report on the conditions of the facility.  

Mills resigning from county EMA

Shown is Marion County Emergency Management Agency Director Jimmy Mills as he presented his letter of resignation to the Marion County Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Mills’ resignation is effective Dec. 31. He served 12 years as the county’s EMA director.

HAMILTON - Marion County Emergency Management Agency Director Jimmy Mills handed in his letter of resignation during a Marion County Commission regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Mills is resigning after 12 years as Marion County EMA director effective Dec. 31, 2019.
“It has been an honor to serve the citizens, public safety agencies, businesses, as well as the municipalities and you (the commission) for the past 12 years,” said Mills.