Jeff Germany apologizes for past, looks to future

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Former Jefferson County Commissioner Jeff Germany, convicted of mis-using county funds, said he apologizes for his mistakes and is looking forward to life after prison.

Monday, Germany's family forwarded to FOX6 News a letter Germany wrote to FOX6 News from a federal prison camp in Montgomery.  Germany is scheduled to be released from prison Tuesday after serving more than two years in prison.

In the letter, Germany apologized for what he called errors in judgement and looked ahead to the future.

"I now understand that there were times that better judgment was needed, and for these mistakes I have paid a significant price," Germany said.  "I will fully repay all monetary damages related to my case and I am committed to work on rebuilding and strengthening those communities were I lived and worked in for so many years."

Germany, 61, was convicted in June 2006 of using government agencies to get thousands of taxpayer dollars in taxpayer money for personal gain.  Germany will serve the remainder of his prison sentence in a halfway house and must also pay a fine of $126,860.