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If No Appointment For Sheriff By Governor - Who Will The Sheriff Be On August 18?

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 17 2014 10:43 AM

HOUSTON COUNTY:     What happens if Alabama Governor Robert Bentley does not appoint a Sheriff by August 18?

ANSWER IF NOT APPOINTMENT - The Sheriff of Houston County will automatically be retired Houston County Sheriff Lamar Hadden. He is the Supernumary Sheriff of Houston County.

Since Hadden’s retirement some 19 years ago, he has received 50% of the salary of Sheriff. That payment continues to Hadden as long as he lives.

Supernumary positions was a creation of the Alabama Legislature years ago. It was designed so that elected officials could draw ½ of the salary of the office as long as they live. The obligation was, if something happen to the current office holder, the Supernumary would take over.

The real reason was so politicians could continue to suck dollars from the government when they retired. Now this was not Hadden’s fault. He just took advantage of what the greedy members of the Alabama Legislature created a long time ago.

Retired Houston County Revenue Commissioner John Napier was a Supernumary Revenue Commissioner. When the Revenue Commissioner, Regina Dean retired, the Governor had not appointed a replacement at the time of Dean’s last day. Napier had to return as Revenue Commissioner for about one month before the Governor made appointment as Revenue Commissioner. That was the time  when the Governor Appointment Starla Moss.


In most counties across the state, the Coroner is the Sheriff if something happens to the Sheriff.

In Henry County, the Sheriff died with cancer, which was Sheriff Welcher. His death was during election time.

The two persons seeking office was Lawton  Ed Armstrong and James Golden.

Since the Sheriff race was contested, Governor Guy Hunt appointed the Henry County Coroner, Norman Holman, as the Sheriff to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Welcher. That was about 6 months.


So, the point is…Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes will leave August 18 as Sheriff.

If Alabama Governor Robert Bentley does not make an appointment of Sheriff, Lamar Hadden will become Sheriff on August 18.

And the Governor is not required to make the appointment by that date.


The Alabama Legislature had realized the Suerpnumary position was a “self serving” creation where someone could continue to suck government dollars for nothing.

It was a position created, just because you held office and retired, hey here is a way we can take more money.

Then someone in the Alabama Legislature got a conscious,, and changed the government sucker law.

The Legislature had repealed the law and it did not exist when Glover was Sheriff.

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