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A joint investigation by Pro Publica and revealed several Alabama sheriffs said their predecessors spent lavishly in their last days in office, destroyed records and equipment, and otherwise made their successors’ jobs more difficult.

The story, published Wednesday morning at, was compiled through interviews with at least nine Alabama sheriffs who said their predecessors took steps during their final days to purposely affect the new sheriffs’ ability to perform their duties.

The story includes interviews with Barbour County Sheriff Tyrone Smith and Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman. Both claim prior sheriffs either proactively did things to make the job more difficult, or stopped performing primary job functions after the election, which caused problems after the new sheriff took office.

The entire story from can be viewed here.

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