Lawyer: Troubled financial officer won't return

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Decatur's embattled chief financial officer, Gail Busbey, will not be back to work Monday as she had planned.

Busbey was put on paid administrative leave by Decatur Mayor Don
Stanford on July 2.

He sent council members an e-mail saying Busbey would retire Oct. 1 but has not given a reason for her to be put on leave.

Birmingham attorney Gregg L. Smith said that Busbey planned
to return to work Monday morning, because she had no idea why
Stanford had placed her on leave.

Now he says she's decided returning could cause a scene.

The Decatur Daily published documents that may indicate Stanford
offered Busbey $93,000 to retire after she threatened to sue the city and Stanford personally.

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