No smoking gun in current ALEA audit


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – The most recent audit from the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts into the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency did not find “any significant instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations,” according to the report’s summary.  The lack of findings may–or may not be of significance following the firing of ALEA’s former top cop, Spencer Collier, earlier this week.

That report covers the time period between October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2015; which means that there is a significant gap between those dates and mid-February when Governor Robert Bentley placed Collier on medical leave.  On March 22, Bentley fired Collier, citing a different internal investigation into ALEA that was initiated by new secretary, Stan Stabler.  Bentley said the investigation uncovered the possible misuse of state dollars under Collier’s leadership.  Stabler says those findings after been turned over to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Collier has denied any wrongdoing.  He believes that his firing was related to his providing a sworn statement in a criminal case involving Alabama House speaker Mike Hubbard.

CBS 42 News has filed an open records request with the governor’s office to obtain a copy of the internal report initiated by Stabler.  This is a developing story.  Stay tuned to CBS 42 for updates.

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