According to a sheriff in deep red Alabama, purchasing a luxury home with a pool is more important than feeding inmates at his county jail.
According to AL.com, Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin received $750,000 over the course of three years. He indicated the sum was from “Food Provisions” on ethics disclosure forms. In his interview, the sheriff did not deny to AL.com that he had received the funds and admitted he holds a personal account that he calls a “Food Provisions” fund.
Further investigation by AL.com discovered checks printed with “Sheriff Todd Entrekin Food Provision Account” in the upper left corner.
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To his credit, Alabama state law does allocate “excess” funds to feed inmates, but sheriffs in the state have confirmed that most counties deliver those excess funds to the county government; the sheriffs are not typically responsible for the money.
“In regards to feeding of inmates, we utilize a registered dietitian to ensure adequate meals are provided daily,” Entrekin said in an email to the AL.com.
“As you should be aware, Alabama law is clear as to my personal financial responsibilities in the feeding of inmates. Regardless of one’s opinion of this statute, until the legislature acts otherwise, the Sheriff must follow the current law,” he said.
The most curious report out of AL.com was a suspicious acquisition of property by Entrekin and his wife. Entrekin, who banks $93,178.80 annually, purchased a $740,000 home with an in-ground pool in an upscale neighborhood in the county. He reportedly had gotten a $592,000 mortgage to finance the purchase.
Points to the sheriff for saving $10,000 on his government-kickback-funded home, we guess.