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Charges dropped against Bullock Co. commissioners

UNION SPRINGS, AL (WSFA) -

Charges against Bullock County commissioners for competitive bid law violations have been dropped.

The Alabama Attorney General's office filed a motion to dismiss after all 5 commissioners were indicted for improperly purchasing food for jail inmates.

Commission Chairman Ronald Wynord Smith, 56, of Union Springs and Commissioner John Livingston Adams, 43, also of Union Springs, were both arrested May 18, 2011 and placed in jail. The three remaining commissioners, Dock McGowan, 82, of Banks; Alonza Ellis Jr., 45, of Union Springs; and James McArthur Perry, 64, of Union Springs were arrested May 19th.

A grand jury indicted each commissioner with one count of intentionally, knowingly or recklessly spending an amount greater than $15,000 for inmate food at the Bullock County Jail without entering into free and open competitive sealed bids, in violation of Code of Alabama, Section 41-16-50. Additionally, the chairman, Smith, is charged with failure, as the head of a governmental agency, to report a possible ethics law violation.

WSFA 12 News will have a full report tonight, beginning with First at 4:00.

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