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Ethics and a school board - Part 2

AL.com reports: Edward Maddox has stepped down from the Birmingham Board of Education, where he served as president, as part of a plea agreement with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Tommy Nail accepted Maddox' plea deal this morning, stemming from two ethics charges that Maddox used public office for personal gain. ...

The first warrant stated he used his position for either personal financial gain or for the financial gain of a family member. Falls said that charge stemmed from Maddox' position as president of the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association. He was accused of voting for funds from the city of Birmingham for Woodlawn Missions and More, a charity he founded.

The second warrant states that while on the Birmingham Board of Education, he voted to increase his daughter Melody Alston's salary by $17,000. Alston is an employee of Birmingham city schools. Board members cannot vote on personnel matters regarding family members, and are required to abstain from the vote. -- Read the whole story --> Edward Maddox steps down from Birmingham school board as part of plea agreement deal by Jefferson County judge today | al.com

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