Greene Co. challenges Riley's sheriff pick

EUTAW, Ala. (AP) - Greene County commissioners are challenging the governor's appointment of a sheriff for the county as they try to protect the county's electronic bingo casino, which the governor considers illegal.

The Greene County Commission decided Monday night to seek a court ruling on the legality of Gov. Bob Riley's appointment of former Alcoholic Beverage Control Board officer George Cook as sheriff.

Within hours of the appointment Friday, state troopers visited Greenetrack to try to inspect its games, but were blocked by a judge's order.

Some question whether Cook lived in the west Alabama county until Riley's appointment. Riley spokesman Todd Stacy says Cook is a resident, but state law doesn't require that.

Cook replaced the late Sheriff Ison Thomas, who had defended the games.

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  • by DC Location: Dothan on Jun 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    In reguards to Riley and Prayer day for the people loosing jobs in the Gulf. I think he should be doing a prayer day for all the people he has taken jobs away from in Dothan and Country Crossing. Whats fair is fair there all out of a job when it comes to the bottom line. You can't just be a christian on somethings and not others. I am all for prayer.
  • by Ty Location: Dothan on Jun 22, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    not a surprise....riley has been appointing his kronies to judgeships and other offical positions the entire year. he will continue on his (& his mississippi gaming friends)quest until he his out of office. after all...he was paid $13 million dollars to do so.
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