BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has confirmed that they used a state aircraft to pick up Governor Robert Bentley's wallet and fly it down to him at his home in Fort Morgan back in December of 2014.
"Governor Bentley did not request a specific method be used to relay his wallet from Tuscaloosa to Fort Morgan – the decision to utilize department equipment to facilitate the request was made through ALEA's chain of command, using standard agency protocol," said Stan Stabler.
Stabler is now the head of ALEA but at the time, he was one of Bentley's bodyguards.
"The Dignitary Protection Unit of ALEA does what is necessary to protect and safeguard its protectees and provide assistance to ensure protectees are fully prepared to perform their duties as constitutional officers," Stabler said. " Often, items are relayed to protectees – whether it be files, a briefcase, medicine, etc.,"
Read the pertinent law requiring ALEA to protect the governor and Stabler's full statement below:
Former Secretary of ALEA Spencer Collier released this statement in response to the situation:
Collier said in text messages to WBRC he was "shocked" at Stabler's statement that he authorized the use of aviation aircraft to get the governor's wallet.