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Gov. Bentley terminates Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier, who was placed on medical leave earlier this year, has been terminated from his position, Gov. Roberty Bentley announced Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (Office of Gov. Robert Bentley, File)

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced that he is terminating Spencer Collier as the head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Bentley made the announcement Tuesday night. The decision came hours after the acting head of ALEA says there was an ongoing investigation into the possible misuse of state funds within the agency.

Bentley, in a statement, said he was disappointed to "learn these facts." In the statement, the governor also called Collier a friend and said he appreciated his service to ALEA.

The governor placed Collier on medical leave in February, citing an upcoming surgery.

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Gov. Bentley's statement on the termination of Collier:

"Spencer Collier and I have served together a long time, dating back to my time in the Alabama House of Representatives. He is a friend of mine, and led the implementation of the consolidation of state law enforcement functions into one singular agency, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). I appreciate Spencer's service to the State of Alabama.
"After placing Spencer on medical leave a few weeks ago to allow him to recover from back surgery, Acting ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler identified several areas of concern in the operations, policies and procedures at ALEA. After an internal review, the ALEA Integrity Unit found a number of issues, including possible misuse of state funds. I am disappointed to learn these facts, and today, I relieved Spencer Collier of his duties as ALEA Secretary.
"Stan Stabler is a veteran law enforcement officer who has 30 plus years in law enforcement, I appreciate his service as Acting Secretary, and cannot think of a more qualified person to serve as ALEA Secretary. I appreciate Stan joining my team to lead the dedicated men and women who respond when Alabamians call on them in emergencies."


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