Campaign cash case goes to court - UPDATED Article on Former Dothan Police Chief CaseRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 24 2012 11:25 AM
A grand jury will decide whether criminal charges are warranted against an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office candidate who has been accused of violating state campaign finance law.
When the panel meets July 30, it will hear allegations that John Powell accepted from 33 people the more than $50 in cash allowed per individual, per election cycle. The donations under scrutiny total more than $2,700.
The candidate in question was Police Chief of Dothan Alabama for 5 L-O-N-G years. He left Dothan just before Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz took over the reigns of the City of Dothan.
Powell was selected as the "most important hire" that Dothan City Manager Mike West would make as City Manager of Dothan. When Powell left they almost appointed a Guardian-ad-litem for the City Manager so the "second" most important decision he would make as City Manager of Dothan - that being a second police chief - would not be like the first.
With the help and guidance and wise words of wisdom given to Dothan City Manager Mike West, he did make some correct decisions in the selection of Greg Benton as Police Chief. Benton then made the correct choice of Steve Parrish as Police Major.
In getting that decision correct, Mike West has been afforded to the opportunity to remain as City Manager of Dothan.