Former Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls is disputing claims in an al.com story that he and his staff did things before leaving office that made new Sheriff Phil Sims’ job tough.

The story claims that Sims found damaged cell phones, spent money, missing food and other problems when he took office.

Walls sent the following statement to the Tribune Thursday. After the statement are excerpts from the story regarding the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

“I have been dealing with some major health issues and have not had an opportunity to review the complete article. Things said to be stated in this article are absolutely untrue,” Walls said. “My office did a complete review with the Marshall County District Attorneys Office before leaving (office) in January.

“Any monies transferred to other accounts would have been for the food bill account, which was still the sheriff’s personal responsibility until the governor signed local legislation this month,” he continued.

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