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Former Heflin city clerk indicted on ethics charges

Former Heflin city clerk Shane Smith was released from jail Monday on a $3,000 bond after he reportedly turned himself in to authorities that morning.

Cleburne County Jail administrator Lane Kilgore said Monday that Smith turned himself in to sheriff’s deputies around 9 a.m. after he was indicted on two counts of using his position for personal gain.

Shane Smith

Shane Smith

Smith resigned from his position as city clerk in September after it was discovered he had used a city credit card for personal purchases totaling $14,050.18.

Documents obtained by The Star show Smith’s credit card charges included 12 hotel stays, some of which coincided with conventions and training events. Bank statements show Smith used the money for two trips to New York City — one in November 2018 and the other in June 2019 — which appeared to be personal and included airfare, hotel stays, restaurants and bars.

Smith has repeatedly declined to comment about his resignation, only saying that he’s repaid the city for all personal purchases. Another attempt Monday to reach Smith was unsuccessful.

According to a letter from Mayor Rudy Rooks to the Ethics Commission, Smith only paid back the money after city officials confronted him and forced him to resign.

Contact Staff Writer Mia Kortright at 256-235-3563.

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