Marshall Co. Revenue Commissioner Back at Work; Office Still Under State Control

Northeast Alabama

Joey Masters returned to work on Monday, August 12. (Photo: Carson Clark, WHNT News 19)

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Joey Masters, Marshall County Revenue Commissioner, is back at work after being missing in action for approximately eight months.

Masters is not working in his Guntersville office, which is still under state control. He is using office space at the Albertville courthouse. The space was provided by the Marshall County Commission.

“Mr. Masters is in the Albertville courthouse,” said Commission Chairman James Hutcheson. “He has an office. We were asked to provide him with office space in the Albertville courthouse.”

The Alabama Department of Revenue took over Masters’ office in 2012 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.

According to Hutchesin the state requested the space for Masters. It’s not clear why he’s working in Albertville instead of the Guntersville office. Hutcheson did venture a guess.

“It’s probably because of the limited office space. I think all of the office space was full down here. I figured they felt he could do what they needed him to do out of the Albertville courthouse.”

District One Commissioner Bill Stricklend has said the county should stop paying Masters. Stricklend said he hasn’t seen Masters at work since December and wants to pull Masters’ salary from next year’s budget. However, the commission learned it has no control over Masters’ salary.

Masters is also being sued for alleged misconduct. He is accused of lowering property values to give friends and political allies tax breaks.