The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has taken copies of the hard drives of a pair of computers at the county’s 911 agency in what the system’s attorney calls an “investigative inquiry.”
Mark Ryan, attorney for the board that oversees 911 operations in Alabama’s fastest-growing county, told FOX10 News that he knows of no crimes that have been committed. But he said that the board’s chairman, Foley Police Chief David Wilson, wanted an outside inquiry into financial problems as a safeguard.
“It’s not a criminal investigation,” Ryan said. “It’s just an investigative inquiry … There’s certainly no evidence I’m aware of that there’s been any commission of a crime.”
The director of the Baldwin County Emergency Communications District, Chris Heger, has been on paid leave along with administrative assistant Janie Hamric since the board earlier this year uncovered problems with the agency’s accounting practices.
Ryan said Heger has given notice that she plans to retire, effective May 1.
A bookkeeper brought in to review the 911 center records found the system was failing to follow modern accounting practices and not doing a good job tracking bills it owed or money owed to it. Tax withholdings also had not been properly transferred to the state’s pension fund.
Ryan said the board has incurred late fees and penalties from the IRS but does not know how much. He said he has asked for a report from the agency on the total penalties paid by the 911 center over the past six years.
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