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Hanceville mayor indicted for misusing office

The longtime mayor of Hanceville, a former police officer, was indicted on 15 counts of using his office for personal gain.


Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on 15 counts of using his position or office for personal gain, the Cullman County District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release. 

Cullman County DA Champ Crocker declined to provide details of Nail’s alleged crimes and the charges did not appear in the Alacourt system by late Tuesday night. 

In the release, Crocker said, “I am limited on what I, as the prosecutor, can say about this particular case due to the Rules of Professional Conduct. However, as a matter of public policy and good government — elected officials are entrusted to perform their duties honestly and above reproach. When that bond of trust is broken, our society suffers limitless harm.”

In April, a website named Cullman Daily News posted on social media sites that Nail was under “state investigation” for misusing his personal office, including using inmates from the local jail to perform work at his personal residence. The website also said taxpayer money has been misappropriated. 

A day later, Nail responded to that report, telling the Cullman Times newspaper that he didn’t “know anything. Haven’t heard anything. But based on speaking with my attorney, at this time I’m not going to be able to give any other statement about it.”

Nail has been mayor of Hanceville, a small town just north of Birmingham, since 2008. He was previously a police lieutenant with the Cullman Police Department.

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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