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Jackson County Commission: Chairman should vacate office 'in best interest of the people'

The commission voted Tuesday afternoon to accept Guffey’s resignation

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 3:54 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2020 4:44 PM

UPDATE: The Jackson County Commission issued a news release late Wednesday saying that Chairman Tim Guffey is on administrative leave and will not perform any duties from now through his resignation date.

On Tuesday, Guffey submitted his resignation to Gov. Kay Ivey. That resignation takes effect April 11, 2021.

But the commission met Tuesday afternoon to accept Guffey's resignation.

In a statement Wednesday, Guffey said health reasons are behind his resignation. He also addressed an investigation into an illegal surveillance claim at the county courthouse. (Read more about that below)

Because Guffey will remain in office, the commission's Wednesday afternoon statement said the only way to remove the chairman from office is through an impeachment process that can last up to six months. So, members said they believe it to "be in the best interest of the people of the county" for Guffey to vacate his office while retaining his position.

Read the Wednesday afternoon statement below, the full statement from Guffey below that, and the initial release about the investigation below that.

UPDATE: Jackson County Commision Chairman Tim Guffey released this statement Wednesday, the day after he submitted his resignation to Gov. Kay Ivey:

I want to say that it has been an honor serving the people of Jackson County over the past 8 years.

While it has been very rewarding at times there have also been many difficulties.

Throughout however I have done my best to work to improve Jackson County.

With regret however, due to health reasons, I have decided to resign my position as Chairman of the Jackson County Commission.

I trust the commission to handle the transition to a new chairman with professionalism.

Regarding the Issue that has been brought forward regarding the cameras at the Courthouse, I wanted to clarify some of the information that is being discussed.

After the shooting took place at the Courthouse the commission started looking at our camera system and what areas were not covered.

As Chairman, I directed New cameras to be installed inside and outside of the courthouse in an effort to enhance safety. I did not consult the other Commissioners on where to place the cameras.

No cameras were ever intended for purposes other than observance of command areas. I am sorry about the confusion but only the well being of our employees and citizens were my reasons for their placement.

I cannot say more due to the ongoing investigation I do trust that The commission will share information as they can to clear these concerns.

I pray that the commission continues to work for the betterment of our county and thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Tim Guffey

From earlier:

Jackson County Commission Chairman Tim Guffey has resigned.

It was announced Tuesday in a special called meeting of the commission that Guffey had submitted his resignation to Gov. Kay Ivey.

According to Guffey's letter to Ivey, he is resigning as of April 11, 2021. No reason for the resignation is given.

The commission voted Tuesday afternoon to accept Guffey’s resignation, and to have Vice Chairman Jason Venable serve as chairman until Ivey appoints a replacement.

The resignation comes one day after it was announced that the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating a claim of inappropriate surveillance of a county employee at the Jackson County Courthouse.

The announcement said a camera was removed on Dec. 15.

That statement mentioned only the four district commissioners, not the chairman: “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.”

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