Marshall Commissioner: County Needs to Stop Paying Masters

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SCANT CITY, Ala. (WHNT)–  Marshall County District One Commissioner Bill Stricklend says it is time for the county to stop paying Joey Masters, the county’s embattled revenue commissioner.  Stricklend says Masters has not been to work since late last year.

“He has not been in the courthouse since at least December,” Stricklend said.  “Obviously we are getting a lot of questions from the public concerning that.  We basically don’t have any answers.”

The Alabama Department of Revenue took over Masters’ office late last year after an audit found irregularities.  It’s not clear why Masters hasn’t been to work, but he has continued to draw his salary of $67,000 per year.

“I brought up the topic of not funding that salary in the upcoming budget due to the fact that he’s not in the courthouse,” Stricklend said.

The commissioner says the county attorney is looking into whether the county can legally take away Masters’ salary since he is not an employee of the commission.  However, Stricklend says it’s time for something to be done.

“It just seems a little unfair to the tax payers that we are paying an elected official who’s not showing up for work,” said Stricklend.