Former sheriff Scott Walls was included in an AL.com report last week saying he transferred money from a sheriff's account to his personal bank account just before leaving office.
It also said he and his staff damaged property before leaving, particularly drilling holes through some county-owned cell phones.
Walls said he did nothing wrong and cleared everything he did with auditors before leaving office.
He issued this statement:
"In reference to news release by Conner Sheets at AL.com, I have been dealing with some major health issues and have not had an opportunity to review the complete article. Things said to be stated in this article are absolutely untrue.
"My office did a complete review with the District Attorney's Office before leaving in January. Any monies transferred to other accounts would have been for the Food Bill Account which was still the sheriff’s personal responsibility until the Governor signed local legislation this month.
"The statement about food in the jail kitchen and a garbage disposal are false. We did not have a disposal at any time during the twelve years I served as sheriff. I requested a complete audit by the Public Examiner’s prior to leaving and was told they would get it as soon as possible.
"The audit report released during this article was from 5 years ago. Sheets failed to mention the perfect audit from 1-½ years ago. I retired from law enforcement after 38 years. It was a difficult job, but I enjoyed it. I wish Sims good luck."