Former Madison County Chief Correctional Officer Steve Morrison dies

Former Madison County Chief Correctional Officer Steve Morrison

Former Madison County Chief Correctional Officer Steve Morrison

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County’s former Chief Correctional Officer has died. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirms to WHNT News 19 that Steve Morrison died Sunday. The cause has not yet been released.

Morrison officially retired in December, two months after his contract with the county expired. Bolstered by lawsuits and death investigations, the Madison County Commission opted to not renew it.

After serving as the interim Chief Jail Commander, Troy Fulk was officially named the new Jail Administrator in February.

At the time of his retirement, Morrison stated in a letter to Sheriff Dorning, “It is with heavy heart that after 46 years in Law Enforcement and Government Service that I intend to retire effective 04 January, 2016.”

Morrison had told WHNT News 19 that he was still a county employee working as a detention officer.

Meanwhile, the Madison County Commission has an explicit plan for the future of the position.

“I want someone proven,” said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong. “I want someone that has experience in corrections, someone that has managed a jail with more than five, six hundred people in it and I want somebody that understands money management and how to manage employees, another team member to eliminate this adversarial relationship that has occurred.

“As far as the jail, I want to be sure that anybody that is a threat to society here in Madison County that they are in that jail, but understanding that their day in court will determine their guilt or their innocence, not what’s going on in that jail and I want to be sure that it’s safe,” said Strong.

Sheriff Blake Dorning first appointed Morrison to the role in 2010. He was one of two certified jail executives in the state.