Langston still seen as success despite ethics concerns

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The interim director at the Alabama Fire College says ousted W-L- Langston, who stepped down as executive director in June, is still highly regarded for his work during his 18-year tenure at the school.

But a new allegation accuses Langston of siphoning tens of thousands from the school's private foundation.

Former deputy director Robert Nix filed a plea agreement Wednesday admitting that he and Langston took more than $500,000 in state and foundation funds for personal use.

Langston hasn't been named in the investigation, but he was the executive director during the time Nix said the fraud occurred.

Langston was removed in April amid concerns about his management of the college, and his June 30 retirement came with a $190,00 contract buyout.

Interim Director Wayne Murry said despite the tumult surrounding Langston's departure, he is still highly regarded for the "quite a bit of work" he accomplished.

Murry said no training classes have been canceled at the school due to the misuse of foundation funds or a lack of funding.

Courtesy: Associated Press