Gov. Bentley stands by decision to fire former ALEA Director Spencer Collier

Gov. Bentley stands by decision to fire former ALEA Director Spencer Collier

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Governor Robert Bentley stands by his decision to fire former ALEA Director Spencer Collier, despite a grand jury determining that Collier committed no crimes while over the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Collier is suing Bentley after the governor fired him earlier this year for possible misuse of state funds at ALEA.

He also claims the governor fired him for disobeying his order not to give an affidavit in the ethics case of former House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

"That had no nothing to do with it. The decision was made on reports of how the office was being run. The decision was made on whether or not we needed to make changes at the agency," Bentley said Friday.

On Thursday, the Attorney General's office released a statement saying, in part, "no witnesses provided credible evidence of state funds or any other criminal violation on the part of Secretary Collier."

Bentley claims an unnamed state senator and others came forward when Collier was first placed on leave.

"This actually took place after Stan Stabler became the acting director and just spontaneously, people began to come to him to report issues," the governor added.

Bentley claimed his decision was not personal and wished Collier and his family well, but stopped short of an apology.

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