Alabama Mayor Resigns After Found Guilty to Use City Employees for Private Labor

The mayor of a small Alabama city quit and admitted to 15 counts of petty theft for using city workers and prisoners to do personal work for him while they were on the job or in jail. The 60-year-old mayor of Hanceville pleaded guilty on Tuesday to using his position for personal gain. He also agreed to quit and said sorry in public.

Hanceville wrote in his apology, “I am truly sorry for the harm and trouble this has caused.” “I never meant to bring bad things to Hanceville.” I love Hanceville and the people who live there. I would never do something bad on purpose to the city. I’m truly sorry again.”

There are about 3,200 people living in the city, which is between Birmingham and Huntsville. Nail has been mayor since 2008. Champ Crocker, the district attorney for Cullman County, announced last month that Nail was charged with multiple crimes. At first, the charges were felonies, but as part of the plea deal, they were lowered to misdemeanors.

Court records show that the crimes took place between September 30, 2019, and September 29, 2023. The indictment says that Nail often asked former Police Chief Bob Long to do work at Nail’s house while Long was on duty. He also had another worker, Joshua Howell, drive to Georgia in a city car while Howell was on duty to do work on a trailer that Nail and his wife owned.

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The accusation also says that Nail hired three former prisoners to do work at his house while they were in jail. As part of the guilty deal, Crocker said Nail had to pay a $2,500 fine, repay $4,000 in debt, do 120 hours of community service, and go on probation for 15 years. During probation, Nail cannot work for any public or government agency, according to source.

“People must continue to trust their government.” Crocker said, “Mr. Nail pleaded guilty, admitted to his wrongdoing, and apologized to the people of Hanceville for what he did.” “I believe this swift resolution is balanced and shows both consideration for admitting guilt and that elected officials who violate the public trust will be held accountable.” Nicole Nail was defended by lawyers Michael Whisonant and Richard Jaffe, who were happy with how the case turned out.

This is what the lawyers said: “Mayor Nail cares deeply about the people of Hanceville and has dedicated most of his adult life to serving the people of Cullman County.” “He also greatly appreciates all the people that have reached out and supported him through this difficult process, and is happy this is behind him.”

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