Governor orders former lawmaker convicted of bribery ousted from state job

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jan. 4, 2017 at 4:45 PM CST
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A former state representative convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for legislative votes has been terminated from a state job received following his release from prison.

Governor Robert Bentley said Wednesday he ordered Terry Spicer removed from his job with the Alcohol Beverage Control Board. He was a clerk at a location in Dothan.

Representative Paul Lee (R-Dothan) said he brought the matter to the attention of the governor’s office. Rep. Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva) and Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark), said they were also irked that Spicer was given the job.

“I knew nothing of it until yesterday. All I can do is take care of the situation when I find out about it” Bentley during a tour of storm ravaged Houston County.

Spicer pleaded guilty to accepting bribes up to $3,000 monthly from then lobbyist Jarrod Massey who represented Country Crossing casino and its developer Ronnie Gilley. According to federal prosecutors, the payments were in exchange for Spicer’s pro-gambling votes.

Spicer was released from prison in October after serving about five years. Gilley and Massey also pleaded guilty to corruption type charges and spent time in prison.

Besides serving as a state representative from Coffee County, Spicer was an employee of the state’s two-year college system and superintendent of Elba City Schools. He is a member of the Alabama Retirement Systems.

Spicer apparently needed 16 additional months of employment under the state plan to draw retirement before the age of 60. He is 52.

Alabama legislators passed a law in 2012 disallowing state retirement matches employees convicted of felonies. However, the law is not retroactive and did not apply to Spicer who pleaded guilty in 2011.