Jackson County official asks for better checks in hiring process

JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - At least one Jackson County commissioner said he was unaware of the felony charges facing their license commissioner when he was hired in August.

Commissioner Jack Allen said he didn't know in August, but does admit he found out before WAFF 48 News originally aired this story last week.

He feels checks need to be done on employees before they are hired.

Commissioner Jack Allen denied an on-camera interview, though he admitted he found out in recent weeks that their newly hired license inspector had been arrested prior to his hiring.

Allen said the commission gave the authority to Chairwoman Sadie Bias in August to fill the vacancy.

Because the job was temporary, Allen said Bias had the power to hire anyone without the commissions consent.

It was after that, Allen said he learned the person hired was Commissioner Jack Smith's grandson and that he was facing felony charges.

25-year-old Bradley Tyler Smith faces felony theft and robbery charges stemming from an incident last year with the theft of narcotic cough syrup from a Bridgeport pharmacy.

He's currently enrolled in the drug court program.

Allen said he would like to see background checks on all employees and a full commission vote for temporary workers as well.

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