Examiner's office demands fmr. superintendent return buyout money | News
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama State Examiner's office is requesting that former Autauga County School Superintendent Greg Faulkner return money he received in a buyout from the county.
Faulkner resigned from his position with the school system in April 2012, opting not to serve out the remainder of his elected term after losing a bid for re-election.
After Faulkner stepped down he recieved a $79,000 buyout from the school board. Now, the Examiner's office says the money should be returned.
A report by the Examiner's office says the school board has no 'statutory authority' to negotiate any buyout with Faulkner.
Mr. Faulkner released a statement to WSFA 12 News saying:
"I respectfully contest the finding presented in the audit. Prior to making the proposal to the Autauga County Board of Education, research by the board's attorney was done to validate the legality of the proposal. Case law as well as an Attorney General's opinion supported the proposal for the buyout. This research done by the Board's attorney was then presented to the BOE for consideration. The proposal passed unanimously. All parties agreed that the proposal was in the best interest of the Autauga County Schools. I would never do anything knowingly to defraud the citizens of Autauga County."
The Examiner's report has been turned over to Attorney General Luther Strange's office for collection.
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