Etowah County Sheriff Addresses Media on Lawsuit
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin addressing members of the media today as he fights back against recent media reports concerning the food program at the Etowah County Detention Center and the handling of excess funds in that program. The controversy has been an ongoing problem in Alabama because of an antiquated state law that makes the feeding of prisoners in a county lock-up the personal responsibility of the county sheriff and allows the sheriff to keep any excess money as part of his personal income.
Entrekin became the focal point of the controversy recently when it was discovered that he had made more than $750,000 in profit over the last 3 years. The sheriff says he has tried to have the law changed over the years and has even asked the Etowah County Commission to take over the responsibility numerous times. During the press conference, the Sheriff turned over a large packet of information concerning the food program and his family's recent purchase of an expensive property in Orange Beach that has also been a point of contention in the controversy.
When pressed for some additional information, Entrekin said that he could not provide that information at this time because he is one of 49 sheriff's in the state being sued over food program funds by the Southern Center for Human Rights. That lawsuit is still pending.