Greene Co. Sheriff makes changes in personnel and assignments

Greene County Sheriff Joe Benison
Greene County Sheriff Joe Benison has announced some changes in personnel and assignments in the sheriff’s office.
“I believe that the over-whelming vote of the people mandate the changes,” said Benison.
“The task of making personnel changes at the beginning of any new administration is sometimes difficult, yet this is a task that has occurred in many past administrations; and more than likely will occur in future adminstrations as well. These and future changes are not only in the best interest of the department, but the citizens of our county as well. Nevertheless, I believe through my knowledge and experience, we have the right people in place to protect the citizens of Greene County.”
New assignments include:
Chief Deputy – Henry McWhorter, a former insurance investigator with the Birmingham law firm of McNamee and Liddon and a consutant with Attorneys’ Investigative in Birmingham, AL.
Patrol Lieutenant – Jimmie Benison
Chief Investigator – Hubert Finch, Jr.
Patrol Sargeant – Jeff Grant
Patrol Corporal – Curtis Rice
Patrol Corporal- Melvin Smith
Corporal Investigator – Jeremy Rancher
Jail Administrator – Barbara Collins
Chief Deputy McWhorter is white and all the other new appointees are Black.
Employees who were dismissed by Benison included:
Mary Snoddy – Jail Administrator
Deputy Sheriff Sam Isaac
Lula McClure – office worker
Marvin White – part time correction officer
Keturah Gibson – correction officer
Lonnie Glenn – temporary correction officer
Anastashia Rice – correction officer

Bingo gaming seemingly in ‘strange’ hands

Greene County Sheriff Jonathan Benison

Attorney General-Elect Luther Strange
Greene County Sheriff Jonathan Benison met with Attorney General-Elect Luther Strange recently to discuss law enforcement issues including electronic bingo gaming.
The Alabama Attorney General-Elect maintains that the electronic bingo machine is an illegal slot machine, according to Sheriff Benison. Strange indicated that he is waiting on a definitive ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court regarding the Cornerstone Community Outreach case still pending. Cornerstone is a non-profit organization that owned and operated the White Hall Entertainment Center in Lowndes County before the bingo gaming operation was raided and closed by Governor Bob Riley’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling on March 19, 2009.
Benison said that he pointed out to Strange that Greene County is the only area in the state that has a constitutional amendment authorizing electronic bingo. “The Greene County situation is unique. The people voted; the Amendment passed and a constitutional amendment is the highest people-made law in the nation,” Benison emphasized. Strange reportedly noted that Greene County was reading too much into that Amendment.
According to Benison, the Attorney General-Elect cautioned that although the Task Force on Illegal Gambling instituted by Governor Bob Riley is disbanded, his office once again has control of bingo and he intends to use it.
Sheriff Benison asserted that he is very determined to stand with his community. He said that seemingly the status of electronic bingo gaming in Greene County remains the same since the Task Force raid at Greenetrack in June 2010.
“This is a sad time for our unemployed citizens. I will diligently work every avenue to bring relief and resolution to the people of Greene County in regards to the legal Bingo Amendment #743 voted into law by citizens of Greene County.
“I believe bingo gaming is legal in Greene County. I will do everything I can to see that jobs come back to Greene County,” pledged Benison.

Editor’s Note

The Democrats’ research revealed that the Alabama Constitution has been amended time and time again, both on a state-wide level and a local level. It is ‘strange’ to us that this one particular bingo amendment, which was duly passed by the Alabama Legislature and voted upon by the citizens of Greene County, has been singled out and disregarded when the hundreds of amendments previously passed were not challenged.