Officials say former state Rep. Terry Spicer of Elba will keep his state pension benefits but lose his job as Elba school superintendent if he goes ahead with plans to plead guilty to accepting bribes.
Court records indicate Spicer has worked out an agreement with federal prosecutors to plead guilty on Nov. 15 to one count of accepting bribes from a casino developer and lobbyist.
The executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards, Sally Howell, says state law requires a city superintendent to vacate the post upon conviction for a felony like bribery.
The deputy director of the state pension system, Marc Reynolds, says a guilty plea won't affect the more than 23 years of service that Spicer has built up as an educator.
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