Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles Director Charles Graddick placed three members of the agency’s previous leadership team on mandatory leave on Tuesday, pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.
The three officials placed on mandatory leave are former Executive Director Eddie Cook, Assistant Executive Director Chris Norman, and Personnel Director Belinda Johnson.
While Cook was serving as the director of Pardon and Paroles, he sent a series of emails telling employees to voice their opinions against legislation that gave more oversite at the board. We know that is a violation of state laws. The parole bill still passed and was signed into law, despite Cook's stance against it.
WAAY 31 asked the board what these disciplinary proceedings were about. They said, "That’s confidential pending the outcome of the proceedings."
In July, Gov. Kay Ivey announced she was appointing Graddick as director effective Sept. 1.
Ivey was able to do this after legislation passed giving the governor more power over the agency.
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