Alabama attorney general sides with sheriff in dispute over pay

A Cullman County sheriff has fought and won a legal battle over his salary with a recent opinion by the Alabama attorney general.{} The opinion indicates that first-term sheriff, Mike Rainey, is entitled to the same pay has his predecessor, former sheriff Tyler Roden, who served 16 years.{}

The decision means that Cullman County must work with Rainey, who is currently making just over $63,000 annually, to calculate how much back pay he is owed since assuming office in January 2011.{} Rainey asked attorney general, Luther Strange, if he was entitled to receive the same base salary as Roden, who left office making $67,100 annually, along with all pay raises he received while in office.