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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The director of the Alabama Ethics Commission confirmed Wednesday that Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is being investigated for a possible ethics violation.

Tuesday the commission voted 4-0 to send a case about Blakely to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, commission director Thomas Albritton said. One member of the commission abstained from voting.

The vote shows the commission believes there is evidence to indicate Blakely broke a state ethics law. The nature of the complaint wasn’t immediately disclosed.

Sheriff Blakely responded to our request for a comment. He says he “respectfully disagrees” with the ethics commission and believes he will be vindicated.

Blakely released this statement Wednesday afternoon:

“Mike Blakely and his family have lived in Limestone County all of their lives. he has had the privilege of serving Limestone County as Sheriff since 1983. Sheriff Blakely is a person of great character and his impeccable reputation is evidence of this. No charges have been filed against Sheriff Blakely and we hope that none will be. Sheriff Blakely and his family appreciate so much the overwhelming support of his friends and the community.”

We asked Blakely about the nature of the complaint, he referred us to his attorney. He says his focus is on winning the election in November.