A state official is requesting an audit of a local sheriff and his office. State Auditor Jim Zeigler recently sent a letter to the state's Chief Examiner of Public Accounts, Ron Jones, asking him to perform an audit of Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin and the Etowah County Sheriff's Office. The request comes after Zeigler says he received several complaints about the way Entrekin handles excess money that is allocated for the feeding of inmates in the Etowah County Detention Center.
Zeigler says that it is outside the scope of his office to audit a county sheriff, so he made the request to the Chief Examiners Office. Entrekin has been under fire for personally keeping excess food money, even though Alabama law makes the feeding of inmates the personal responsibility of the county sheriff, and allows the sheriffs to keep excess funds as personal income.
Entrekin and 48 other Alabama Sheriffs are currently being sued by two advocacy groups for not providing what they consider to be public records concerning the inmate feeding programs.