The lawsuit states Gov. Kay Ivey had no authority to change a longstanding practice allowing sheriffs to keep leftover food money. Only the Legislature can do that, he says.
The lawsuit claims that Walls had money from the state that hadn’t been spent to feed inmates by the end of his term in January. The jail had plenty of food in inventory at the time, according to the lawsuit.
Sheriff’s ability to keep tax payer money that was not spent on feeding prisoners caused uproar when it was discovered that some sheriffs, like former Etowah County sheriff Todd Entrekin, pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Ivey announced last July that Sheriffs should be following a 2011 Attorney General opinion that stated the funds could only be used for feeding prisoners.
Walls didn’t specify how much money was in dispute in his filing.
Walls was also recently in the news for shutting down the Marshall County Sheriff Office website after leaving office.