TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — August 10, 2012- 9 a.m.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has suspended a Madison County commissioner who is facing official misconduct and grand theft charges. Scott signed the suspension order Thursday for Commissioner Alfred Junior Martin.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Wednesday obtained an arrest warrant for Martin. He is accused of failing to deposit checks from Madison County totaling about $1,000 to reimburse the Madison Volunteer Fire Department for expenses related to city of Madison employee luncheons in 2009 and 2010.Martin was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond on Wednesday. No one answered the phone at his home Thursday.Madison County is about 50 miles east of Tallahassee.
Madison, Florida- August 8, 2012- 10:45 p.m.
Alfred Junior Martin, 52, of Madison faces four felony charges in 2012.
"Today he remains the fire chief of Madison," said Madison city manager Tim Bennett
The FDLE says Martin failed to deposit money given to him by the county to reimburse the fire department.
Now the city has to figure out what the future holds for the fire chief.
"We're going to assess the situation and make a determination as to what to do in the very near future."
Not only is Martin the fire chief, he's also a county commissioner here in Madison. Folks that we talked to say they're just shocked about the charges against the fire chief.
"My first reaction was, unbelief," said Madison city commissioner Jim Catron.
Catron learned about the arrest of his fire chief just hours after Martin was booked. He hopes that the allegations aren't true.
"I think people who work for the city are honest. They have integrity. They do their job. I have not seen any evidence of chief Martin doing anything other than his job."
You can read the full FDLE and charges against Martin below.
Madison County, Florida- August 8, 2012
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Office of Executive Investigations, today secured an arrest warrant for Alfred Junior Martin, 52, of Madison, for two counts of grand theft and two counts of official misconduct; each of the charges is a third-degree felony. Martin is a county commissioner for Madison County as well as the fire chief for the city of Madison.
FDLE began its investigation in November of 2011 after receiving a complaint against Martin from an employee of the city of Madison. The complaint alleged that Martin falsified receipts relating to the improper use of funds from the Madison County Volunteer Firemen’s bank account.
The investigation alleges that, on two different occasions, Martin failed to deposit money which had been given to him by the City of Madison to reimburse the Madison Volunteer Fire Department for expenses it incurred relating to the City of Madison employee luncheons in 2009 and 2010. Total losse were slightly more than $1000.
Martin was arrested without incident and booked into the Madison County Jail on a bond of $10,000.