Commission Director Tom Albritton said the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence of any violations of the state ethics law being found – adding that the probe ended without the case being referred to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office or Etowah County District Attorney’s Office. He went on to say, however that, under the Act both of those offices have the ability to separately investigate the issues that made the basis of that complaint, if they so choose.
An investigation was launched following reports that Entrekin had retained – over the past three years – in excess of $750,000 in public funds which had been allocated for the feeding of inmates in the Etowah County Jail – while, at the same time purchasing a $740,000 beach house in Orange Beach.
Entrekin said repeatedly that he followed the law in handling the inmate feeding fund and he operated it as a separate business as the law required, adding that he borrowed money to feed inmates in his early years as sheriff and when the feeding business did make money he paid taxes on it as he did any other income.
Entrekin was defeated by challenger Johnathon Horton in the Republican primary. There is no Democrat running against Horton in November.