Hobson City Town Council sets meeting date for town clerk candidates
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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HOBSON CITY — The Town Council on Monday night postponed hiring a new town clerk until all council members could meet with both candidates for the job.

The council had been scheduled to make a decision at its regular meeting, but Councilman Freddie Striplin requested to have a chance to meet with the candidates before the town makes a hire.

"I at least want to meet them in person before we make a decision as a council," Striplin said. "Just knowing our history, I don't want in four months to be questioning, ‘Who did we hire?'"

Striplin was referring to Hobson City’s former clerk, Shelia Jones, who violated her temporary hire after being arrested last August. Jones pleaded not guilty Jan. 16 to a charge of theft of property, a felony. A Calhoun County grand jury had indicted her in October.

According to the grand jury indictment, Jones stole between $500 and $2,500 from Hobson City sometime between Feb. 1 and Aug. 2, 2013.

Hobson City Mayor Alberta McCrory has said Jones used her position as clerk to avoid paying garnishments against her own wages, which led to the charges.

Jones' court date had not been set as of Monday, according to online court records.

McCrory scheduled a meeting for Thursday night at 6 p.m. for the council to meet the two city clerk candidates.

"We need a new clerk," McCrory said. "I'm not going beyond this week without one."

Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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