JAMES MADISON QUOTE - 1822

"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."

SCOTTSBORO WEATHER - SUN & MOON RISE

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021 - Scottsboro, Alabama - Latest Stories About the Jackson County Commission and Jackson County Government - Swearing-In Ceremony of Judge Benson - Guffey Affair Part 3 - Governor Ivey Must Make an Appointment to Fill the Vacated Position of Commission Chair Sooner, Rather Than Later

Jackson County Courthouse, north Entrance, photo by G. Morgan

January 15, 2021 Judge Brent Benson Swearing-In Ceremony
Judge Brent Benson (left) Sworn In by Judge Jennifer Holt (right), Mrs Benson holds Bible (center)
Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary. Photo capture from Jackson County Commission video of event, linked below.

Jackson County Commission Live Video of Event:   https://www.facebook.com/JCCommissionAL/videos/831334934387835

Congratulations to Judge Benson. - Jackson County Sentinel article by Editor - Publisher Dwayne Patterson on Judge Holt: http://jcsentinel.com/feature_story/article_c5eb6214-4172-11eb-98fa-77d5f37b106a.html


The Guffey Affair - Part 3
Previous Jackson County Commission Chair Tim Guffey whose resignation brings forth several questions regarding ethics, dereliction of duty and allegations of criminal conduct.


January 19, 2021 - WHNT - TV NEWS Release: Jackson County Courthouse swept for eavesdropping devices, audio-video. Jackson County Sheriff Sheriff Chuck Phillips quote: "I think we are ok, I'm pretty sure we have found all of them that were here, but we wanted to do the scan just to be on the safe side." Investigation is ongoing by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, ALEA.


THE BIG QUESTION
Why doesn't Governor Ivey go ahead and appoint a new Chair of the Jackson County Commission?

 There have been Attorney Generals Opinions regarding this issue. Guffey has resigned, it is out of his hands. Because he is requesting a free ride on the tax payers dime for 4 months should not matter.
Appoint a new Chair of the Jackson County Commission Governor.

Monday, January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021 - Scottsboro, Alabama - Scottsboro City Council Meeting Regular Session - Retirement Award for 30 Years of Service for Scottsboro Police Department Lieutenant Jerry Vance - Jackson County Commission Meeting, Agenda and Video Link, Facebook Live

Scottsboro City Hall photo by G. Morgan
(Article edited and updated on January 12, 2021)

Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy presents Police Department Lieutenant Jerry Vance Award for 30 Years of Service to the Citizens of Scottsboro, Alabama (photo by G. Morgan)

AGENDA
No City Council Meeting on January 18, 2021; Dual Session on January 25, 2021

VIDEO


         JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING
Jackson County Courthouse, North Side (Photo by G. Morgan)

AGENDA 

JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA JANUARY 11, 2021 

I. CALL TO ORDER, WELCOME – 
II. CALL OF ROLL TO ESTABLISH QUORUM, PRAYER, AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE –
III. APPROVE AGENDA OF MEETING – JANUARY 11, 2021 
IV. AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS – 
V. PUBLIC COMMENT – MEETING 

VI. OLD BUSINESS – 
a. MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE DECEMBER 14 TH, 15 TH, 22 ND, 2020 AND JANUARY 4, 2020 MEETINGS, SPECIAL MEETINGS AND WORK SESSIONS. 

VII. NEW BUSINESS – 
a. MOTION TO APPROVE QUOTE FOR SWEEP OF THE COURTHOUSE. 
b. MOTION TO APPROVE AND PURCHASE A METAL DETECTOR FOR COURTHOUSE SECURITY.
 c. MOTION TO APPROVE OBTAINING QUOTES FOR TREE REMOVAL AT COUNCIL ON AGING. 
d. MOTION TO APPROVE AND LET A BID FOR ROOF REPLACEMENT ON THE LIBERTY LANE PROPERTY. 

WORK SESSION 

VIII. DISCUSSION ITEMS FOR COMMISSION –
 1) FUTURE PRESENTATION OF WORK SESSION ITEMS 
2) TRAVEL AND TRAINING POLICY 
3) COVID-19 LEAVE POLICY 
4) CODE RED WEATHER ALERT REPLACEMENT 
5) COUNCIL ON AGING DIRECTOR 
6) AUBURN STUDY 
7) LOCAL ROADS RESURFACING SELECTIONS 
8) SPORTSMAN LANDING 
9) PARK INSURANCE PROJECT 
10)I.T. WORK ORDER PROCESS 

IX. REPORTS FROM STAFF: 
A. COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR 
B. COUNTY ENGINEER 
C. COUNTY ATTORNEY 
D. OTHER 

X. COMMENTS FROM COMMISSION – DISTRICT 4, KEVIN MCBRIDE DISTRICT 3, AJ BUCKNER DISTRICT 2, JASON VENABLE DISTRICT 1, DANNY RICH 

XI. ADJOURN MEETING –

JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION FACEBOOK VIDEO LINK:  https://www.facebook.com/JCCommissionAL/videos/400274061073358

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

January 4, 2021 - Scottsboro, Alabama - Scottsboro City Council Work Session - Rec-Com Interim Director Appointed

 

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan 

AGENDA

Older photo of the Scottsboro Rec Com, City of Scottsboro. Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary

CONGRATS PAM! (on both accounts, referring to the wedding photo and the appointment :) )
Pam Stewart Bradford, Facebook photo, Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary
Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy appointed Ms. Pam Bradford as the Interim Director of the Scottsboro Rec-Com until May 1, 2021 as the current Director, Yvonne Yockel is retiring. 

VIDEO

Guffey Affair, Part 2 -January 4, 2021 - Scottsboro, Alabama - Jackson County Commission Meeting - Regular Session and Work Session - Tourism Presentation - Press Q&A, Clarifications, Statement About Alabama County Commissioners From Vice Chair, No Requirement to Attend Meetings - UPDATE JANUARY 7, 2021 - Vice Chair Venable's Statement and Motion to Commission on 12-22-20, Guffey Resignation

 

North Entrance Jackson County Courthouse, photo by G. Morgan
UPDATE and edit January 5, 2021

WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT TIM GUFFEY AND THE ALLEGATIONS? SPY CAMERAS - SORTID AFFAIRS -SEXUAL HARASSMENT - CRIMINAL OR UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR - ILLEGAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERFACES AND/OR SYSTEMS COMMAND SHELLS FOR DIVERTING IMAGES OR INFORMATION TO PERSONAL PHONE OR COMPUTER? THERE WAS A REASON GUFFEY IS AT HOME, THERE IS A REASON A FEMALE EMPLOYEE WAS ESCOTED OFF OF COUNTY PROPERTY MID-DECEMBER, WHAT ARE THOSE REASONS?
YOU WORK FOR THE CITIZENS PUBLIC OFFICIALS, WE DO NOT WORK FOR YOU!
The citizen voters of Jackson County Alabama have a right to know the truth about this entire mess, which is getting worse due to the appearances of an active cover-up of the truth. To say an elected Chair of County Commission or an Elected County Commissioner doesn't have to show up to perform his or her sworn duties, because there is no law requiring such public officials to perform their sworn duties is preposterous and affront to our State and U.S. Constitution. Besides it is not true, we have criminal and ethics laws. 

Quote: "It isn't the original scandal that gets people into trouble-it's the attempted cover-up." 
Elected and Appointed Officials of Jackson County Alabama, you should take to heart this quote from Tom Petri. Bio on Rep. Petri (Wiki): "Thomas Evert Petri (born May 28, 1940) is an American politician who was the U.S. representative for Wisconsin's 6th congressional district from 1979 to 2015; he is a member of the Republican Party."
Fair Use for image from Brainy Quote for non-profit news, education and commentary.


Jackson County Commission Chair/Former Chair Tim Guffey photo by G. Morgan
Is he or isn't he the Commission Chair? 

Jason Venable, Vice Chair/Acting Chair, Jackson County Commission photo by G. Morgan
Todays Quote about Alabama County Commissioners from Mr. Venable: "There is no state law that requires a Chairman or Commissioner to attend a meeting. He is just not attending meetings" Referring to the alleged immediate resignation of Tim Guffey, Chair or Former Chair of the Jackson County Commission. What was the deal made? Was it to cover-up Sexual Harassment? Was it to cover-up the illegal placement of video surveillance equipment? Is there an investigation going forward? There are mixed messages concerning an investigation. Is it really in the best interest of Jackson County citizens for the Chair of the Jackson County Commission to set at home while WE The People foot the bill for misbehavior, alleged illegal conduct, violations of ethics and law? What is the real story behind all of this, why the cover-up??

STATEMENT READ BY VICE-CHAIR JASON VENABLE 
ON DECEMBER 22, 2020 REGARDING TIM GUFFEY'S RESIGNATION AS CHAIRMAN OF THE JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION
The motion was approved unanimously by the Jackson County Commission

AGENDA

DUAL MEETING VIDEOS


Tourism Presentation to County Commission by Sarah Stahl, Jackson County Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Link: https://mountainlakeschamberofcommerce.com/about-us/

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Scottsboro, Alabama - December 21, 2020 - Scottsboro City Council Work Session and Regular Session - Mayor's Director Appointments

 

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G.Morgan

Mayor makes Director appointments, council approved them. Rec-Com Director Yvonne Yockel is retiring after 30 years of service. Maples submits request for vacating a portion of Moody Ridge Road in front of the Maples Plant and reconfigure the road access point. Approval to hire a full time Jailer and 911 Dispatcher. 100% of sick leave benefits to be paid to employee survivors approved retroactive to October 1, 2020.
Mayor Appointments for Directors: City Finance Director - Rick Wheeler; Human Resources Director - Erin Green; Solid Waste Director - Stacy Ledwell; Street Dept. Superintendent - Wayne Moore 
The Rec-Com Director will be appointed on January 4, 2021

Moody Ridge Road Reconfiguration Plan Map
(Click on image to expand image.)

AGENDA


VIDEO WORK SESSION AND REGULAR SESSION

Sunday, December 20, 2020

THE GUFFEY AFFAIR, Part1 - Scottsboro, Alabama - December 20, 2020 Announcement of Special Call Meeting of the Jackson County Commission on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Regarding Resignation - *Allegations by County Employees and Citizens - UPDATE - December 21, 2020 -Jackson County Commission Press Release - UPDATE 2 - DECEMBER 21, 2020 - Local and Regional News Stories Regarding Inappropriate Surveillance of Courthouse Employee(s) - UPDATE 3 -DECEMBER 22, 2020 - Analysis of Press Release - Red Herring Regarding Security Cameras, Law Enforcement's Right of Defense From a Gunman - Special Call Meeting Video, Resignation of Chairman Tim Guffey - UPDATE 4 - UPDATE 4 - December 23, 2020 - Another Deceptive Press Release, Questions - Does This Press Release Indicate Fraud by Public Officials, Conspiracy, Theft by Deception Regarding Guffey's Pay, Benefits?? - UPDATE 5 - December 26, 2020 - Claimed Resignation Document - Video Short, Effective Immediately Has New Meaning and Resignation Replay, Short Version - UPDATE 6 - DECEMBER 30, 2020 - UTILIZING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN, NO APPROVAL OF ADMINISTRATIVE OR MEDICAL LEAVE, PERSONAL USE OF OFFICE - AG Opinion 95-00182 When Is A Resignation Effective.

 

Jackson County Courthouse, North Entrance, photo by G. Morgan
Article reviewed and edited with changes, on December 27, 2020 and December 29, 2020 - WAAY News Story and Documents added; December 30, 2020 Update and edit, Jan. 7, 2021 Vice-Chair Statement added (7 Updates and edits).

THE GUFFEY AFFAIR
A developing political story and *allegations of unethical/unlawful conduct regarding the Chair of the Jackson County Commission
Tim Guffey, former/current?? Chairperson of the Jackson County Commission. (photo by G. Morgan)

 U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT Scottsboro, Al. - December 23, 2020 (AP Wire) "County Commission Chair Quits After Investigation Revealed . . . improper video surveillance at the courthouse in Scottsboro . . . commission voted to accept the resignation [effective immediately]  . . . but a statement read during the meeting didn't reveal a reason for his departure." 

 Special Call Meeting Video at Bottom of Page, with  UPDATE 3 - December 22, 2020 - Resignation of Commission Chair Tim Guffey, Vice Chair Assumes Chair Responsibilities Until Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Appoints Replacement 

Special Called Meeting Notice posted Friday December 18, 2020
STATEMENT READ BY VICE-CHAIR JASON VENABLE 
ON DECEMBER 22, 2020 REGARDING TIM GUFFEY'S RESIGNATION AS CHAIRMAN OF THE JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION
The motion was made and seconded, the Resignation Motion was unanimously accepted.

Jackson County Commissioners as of November 12, 2020 (photo by Jackson county Commission, Fair Use for non-profit news reporting) Commissioners left to right with email: Danny Rich, District 1 - dannyrich@jcch.net ; Kevin McBride, District 4 -  kevinmcbride@jcch.net ;Tim Guffey, Chairman -  timguffey@jcch.net ; AJ Buckner, District 3 - ajbuckner@jcch.net ; Jason Venable, District 2 - jasonvenable@jcch.net

Information Report and Request for Clarification Sent to the Jackson County Commission on Facebook after No-productive Results on Friday, December 18, 2020 
Jackson County Commission Link: https://www.facebook.com/JCCommissionAL

December 20, 2020 - Reference Special Called Meeting Notice by Commission Vice-Chair Jason Venable. Meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 3:30PM in the commission board room, Jackson County Courthouse, reference: "accepting a resignation and related administrative matters." 

 Any comment as to the *allegations by Jackson County employees and Jackson County citizens expressing concerns over audio and video "spy cameras" being placed in female office spaces and the commission office by an unknown private contractor?

 Information received indicates a referral to ALEA, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, for investigation of this or other matters. The *allegations claim involvement of Commission Chair Tim Guffey, an elected public official.

Answer to inquiry from the Jackson County Commission on Facebook, quote: "Please refer all questions to the County Attorney, John Porter 256-574-5156"

 So there is no confusion, I'm reporting to the Jackson County Commission information I'm receiving, and requesting clarification about these serious matters for the purpose of transparency and either confirming *allegations or dispelling rumors. My visit to the Jackson County Commission office Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 produced no comprehensive results or clarifications other than referring to the notice of the Special Call Meeting referenced above. *(Allegation definition - a statement, made without giving proof, that someone has done something wrong or illegal: Cambridge English Dictionary)


UPDATE - DECEMBER 21, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – DECEMBER 21, 2020

 Jackson County Commission

 The four District Commissioners of the Jackson County Commission have been advised that an investigation is underway by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency involving an allegation of inappropriate surveillance of a Jackson County Employee at the Jackson County Courthouse. The Commissioners take this allegation very seriously and are providing full cooperation with the investigation. As part of the Courthouse Security Plan, after several serious incidents at the Courthouse involving firearms, a number of surveillance cameras and sound systems were installed in public locations and common areas at the Courthouse. The camera at the secured entrance to the Courthouse proved invaluable in determining the sequence of events that led to a Sheriff’s Deputy having to use his firearm to defend himself against an aggressive armed patron. Neither these Commissioners nor the Courthouse Security Committee were aware of the placement of the particular camera involved in the present investigation. The Commissioners first became aware of the location of this camera on Tuesday, December 15 and took steps the same day to have the devise removed. Until the investigation is complete, the Commissioners will have no comment on whether or not the installation of this camera was warranted for legitimate security purposes. 

UPDATE 3 - DECEMBER 22, 2020 - ANALYSIS OF PRESS RELEASE

RED HERRING ISSUES - SUBTERUGE REGARDING SECURITY CAMERAS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT'S RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM A GUNMAN

Red Herring image from blacklabellogic.com, fair use for non-profit news reporting, commentary and education

The Press Release is deceptive. The cameras and monitors related to the Jackson County Courthouse security, safety and law enforcement defending themselves have no bearing on the alleged misconduct or criminal conduct of an elected public official in this case, allegedly utilizing a "spy camera" and a computer interface to "observe" female employees. The escort of a female employee off of the Jackson County Courthouse property last week is related, according to Jackson County employee sources. This issue involves sexual harassment, creation of a hostile work environment, and alleged criminal conduct. A criminal investigation is necessary, a coverup or deception is inappropriate and not conducive to being a good steward of our resources for the county's citizens, and maintaining a professional, effective county government work environment.

There are other relative issues which must not be overlooked. 1) Security - The entire Jackson County Courthouse should be "swept" for eaves dropping devices, "spy cameras," audio listening devices; all computer equipment should be inspected for malware, spyware, hacked audio-video interfaces on installed computer systems, to include "program shells" or interfaces designed for eavesdropping. If the suspected party is spying on one, was he spying on others? Who installed the mysterious "spy camera," who paid for the eavesdropping equipment, who owns the equipment???  Responsible public officials, do you know for a fact that other "spy cameras" or interfaces do not exist? Questions which require answers and elimination of the risk regarding unknown audio/video recording equipment, "spy cameras," computer interfaces or malware. This deceptive "Press Release" does not help matters.

2) Sexual Harassment/Creation of a Hostile Work Environment. Every female employee should be professionally interviewed to determine if sexual harassment, inappropriate sexual advances and/or sexual misconduct occurred between one or more elected officials and employed/appointed female personnel. According to Jackson County employee reports, the dismissal of the female employee last week, escorted off of courthouse property, is related to the current situation and pending investigation. How much will sexual harassment and creation of a hostile work environment cost the citizens of Jackson County? How many more alleged sexual trysts or acts of jealousy are occurring, or have occurred, as a result of public officials misconduct in OUR courthouse??  

UPDATE 2 - DECEMBER 21, 2020 - Local and Regional News Stories Regarding Inappropriate Surveillance of Courthouse Employee(s)   

"In the Boro" - My video of this event, after meeting chat and interview attempts at bottom of page.

Jackson County Commission's Live Facebook Video of  Guffey Resignation Meeting- https://www.facebook.com/JCCommissionAL/videos/734286453859622 

Scottsboro, Al.The Clarion: https://www.theclarion.org/?p=3764&fbclid=IwAR3Y9DaycEy9wA98RaBybxj5uXdqqLxCJm5eCwO6OIWh0FaHglgqDQf9W9o

Clarions Story on Facebook Link- https://www.facebook.com/theclarionnewspaper

Scottsboro, Al. Jackson County Sentinel:    http://jcsentinel.com/feature_story/article_e67f858a-43cc-11eb-ac4b-abe3c70fdfc6.html?fbclid=IwAR21ZdV_G2U4u6bVyp-gZnYfJ0NPs1e4XZF91v_7Yon7KCVnj77VljzIbqA

Sentinel's Facebook Video link: https://www.facebook.com/jcsentinel/videos/832239754017268

                   WAFF-TV News, Huntsville, Al:   https://www.waff.com/2020/12/21/district-commissioners-announce-inappropriate-surveillance-allegation-investigation-jackson-county-employee/

Guffey Resigns- https://www.waff.com/2020/12/22/jackson-county-chairman-resigns/

WAAY-TV News, Huntsville, Al:   https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/State-investigating-inappropriate-surveillance-claim-at-Jackson-County-Courthouse-573448161.html

Guffey Resigns- https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Jackson-County-Commission-chairman-resigns-573459881.html

Story by WAAY News, Press Release and Guffey's Resignation -  https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Jackson-County-Commission-chairman-resigns-573459881.html

WHNT-TV News, Huntsville, Al: https://whnt.com/news/state-investigating-allegations-of-inappropriate-surveillance-at-jackson-county-courthouse/ 

Guffey Resigns- https://whnt.com/news/northeast-alabama/jackson-county-commission-chairman-resigns/ 

Al.Com By Ben Benton Chattanooga Times Free Press, (TNS) Tribune Media Services   https://www.al.com/news/2020/12/alabama-investigating-secret-surveillance-of-courthouse-employee.html

UDATE 4 - December 23, 2020 - Another deceptive Press Release (image below)

From the Comptrollers Office State of Alabama - 0100 Chart of Accounts
 23 - Administrative Leave - Salaries and wages for an employee while on approved administrative leave.

Posted to Jackson county Commission’s Facebook site in reply to their Press Release of December 23, 2020, image posted below. Mr. Guffey is an elected political official who has resigned "effective immediately" and approved by the Jackson County Commission by unanimous vote. Guffey is not an employee and there was no approval for administrative leave.

Guffey's alleged resignation letter (image below) does not coincide with the statement made by the Commission Vice Chair, Guffey's resignation "effective immediately," was approved by the commission. Jackson County Commission's live streamed video, an official record of the meeting, at approximately 1 minute 45 seconds, and recorded by multiple press and media entities (linked above), statement of Vice Chair Jason Venable as to the resignation of Guffey: "The Chairman of the Jackson County Commission has tendered his resignation to Gov. Kay Ivey. Effective *immediately the chairman's duties will end." The read statement goes on further to say: "In order for the administration of the county to continue without interruption, until the Governor appoints a replacement Chair, the functions of the Chairman will be assumed by the Vice Chairman, and we should each pledge both the time and effort to make sure the county offices continue to serve the needs of the citizens until a new chairman can be named." The vote to accept the resignation of Guffey was taken and to appoint the Vice Chair to assume the duties of the chairman until the Governor appoints a new chairman, the vote to accept the resignation "effectively immediately" and appoint the Vice Chair to assume the duties of chairman until Governor Ivey appoints a replacement was unanimous.  The resignation effective *immediately does not mean 2 weeks, 4 months or the next election cycle, "*immediately" is NOW, which is the commission meeting after the vote to accept the resignation. At no time did the commission approve Administrative Leave with or without pay as stated in the December 23, 2020 Press Release. The Commission in their vote did not approve the resignation effective date of April 11, 2020. The statement regarding Guffey's resignation was read on December 22, 2020 at approximately 3:30 PM.

Public Officials, if you continue to pay Guffey or continue any benefits, other than legally accrued benefits which may be cashed in as allowed by law. You should be asking yourself, are you committing or conspiring to commit fraud, theft of public funds by deception (Code of Alabama 13A-8-1; 13A-8-2; 13A-8-2.1). Definition of "immediate"- adjective, Merriam Webster - 1a: occurring, acting, or accomplished without loss or interval of time : INSTANT. b(1): near to or related to the present. (2): of or relating to the here and now : CURRENT. Definition of *"immediately" adverb - 1: without interval of time : STRAIGHTWAY 

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Guffey's alleged resignation letter was not read into the record in the meeting and it contradicts the meeting record as stated on video (Guffey's alleged letter of resignation below.). The December 23 Press Release, post Guffey's resignation "Effective Immediately." There was no stated approval in the commission meeting on December 22, 2020 for this alleged resignation saying Guffey will be receiving pay and benefits until April 11, 2021, while sitting at home, there was no approval for administrative leave. If not fraud and theft by deception, as a minimum, commissioners conspired to deceive the citizens of Jackson County Alabama regarding Guffey's resignation. The Press Release on December 23, 2020 is not reflective of the recorded official action stating Guffey's resignation is effective immediately.  
Video Short - Effective Immediately Has New Meaning, No Mention, No Statement as to Administrative Leave - Paying Guffey to do nothing for 4 months.

WAFF Interview and link to Guffey's alleged resignation letter. A contradiction from the Jackson County Commission meeting video stating Guffey's ". . . resignation is effective *immediately. . ." NOT APRIL 11,  2021 for medical reasons was not approved or mentioned, commented on in any form or fashion.
Is this a scheme to commit fraud, theft by deception regarding Guffey's pay and benefits?? (Code of Alabama 13A-8-1; 13A-8-2; 13A-8-2.1) The action described in the WAFF News article was not approved by the Jackson County Commission as reflected in the official video of this proceeding. Who prepared the Press Release? Guffey goes home, does no work, and the citizens are going to pay him to do nothing as an elected public official for 4 months. Merry Christmas Citizens of Jackson County - our political officials are now stealing our money right under our noses, and conspire to do so as evidenced in the Press Release and Guffey's statement to WAFF TV News.
The issue with Courthouse Security Cameras goes back to 2009, Ms. Bias was the Commission Chair at that time. Security upgrades were accomplished by Ms. Bias, Commission Chair Hodges and Commission Chair Ashmore. Guffey wanted to hire a private security firm to provide Courthouse Security which was objected to by not only the Security Committee, which included the sitting Judges, Sheriff, Chief Deputy, the Jail Supervisor and other county elected officials, including the Commission, the privatization scheme was rejected. 
Links going back to 2009 regarding Courthouse Security and security systems including camera systems: https://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Jackson%20County%20Courthouse%20Security

THE GUFFEY AFFAIR - ETHICS ISSUES, AG OPINION
UPDATE

UPDATE 6 - DECEMBER 30, 2020 - UTILIZING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN
PERSONAL USE OF OFFICE – Section 36-25-5(a) states: "No public official or public employee shall use or cause to be used his or her official position or office to obtain personal gain for himself or herself, or family member of the public employee or family member of the public official, or any business with which the person is associated unless the use and gain are otherwise specifically authorized by law. Personal gain is achieved when the public official, public employee, or a family member thereof receives, obtains, exerts control over, or otherwise converts to personal use the object constituting such personal gain.” Take note of (b) and (c) of COA 36-25-5.
There was no approval for administrative or medical leave.
 
 CONFLICT OF INTEREST – Section 36-25-9(c) states: "No member of any county or municipal agency, board, or commission shall vote or participate in any matter in which the member or family member of the member has any financial gain or interest." Guffey can't declare himself on any leave status benefiting himself. There was no approval of administrative or medical leave, by the approval authority, the Jackson County Commission.

When is a resignation effective?
Attorney Generals Opinion: 95-00182 Commission Chair Vacating Office - It appears, that once the governor accepts the resignation the vacancy may be filled. What is the bearing on Guffey's requested resignation date? To remain in office for 4 months once a resignation has been submitted and accepted by the County Commission, to receive pay, is that a conflict of interest, Guffey's self declaration, since there was no approval of administrative leave or medical leave by the Jackson county Commission.

 Video of the Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Special Called Commission Meeting.


Resignation Video Short Version - "Effective Immediately" Has New Meaning for Unscrupulous Politicians