Former Dora magistrate facing theft charges
by JAMES PHILLIPS and RACHEL DAVIS
Nov 27, 2012 | 5358 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A former magistrate for the City of Dora was recently indicted by a Walker County Grand Jury on theft charges.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair announced Monday that Jeri Muir, 56, of Quinton, had been indicted on a charge of first-degree theft. Muir is accused of taking approximately $4,500 cash that had been turned into the city as bonds. The theft reportedly happened in 2009 and 2010. Muir resigned as Dora’s magistrate in October.

Adair said Muir turned herself in to the Walker County Jail on Nov. 19 and made bond the same day. The former magistrate could face two to 20 years in prison if convicted of the crime.

Muir is the second Dora city official to be indicted this year. Marilyn Dumpson, a former city clerk, was indicted in July on a charge of second-degree theft. She had allegedly mishandled city funds, including the illegal use of a city credit card.

“This is the second time this year that my office has investigated money being mishandled in Dora,” Adair said. “I’ve been in contact with Dora’s new mayor, and we’re going to take some steps to make sure no one else has been involved with something like this.”

Adair and Mayor Randy Stephens have called for a full, independent audit of the city.

“I am totally in agreement that an audit of the city needs to be done,” Stephens said. “The audit process is already underway and, as the new mayor, it is my top priority.”

Stephens added that he has already implemented numerous security measures to prevent further issues in the future. He said those measures include a new camera and security system, new door locks and lower public accessibility to sensitive areas of Dora City Hall.

“We’ve also increased accountability of city funds,” Stephens said.

Adair said the two incidents are a blackeye to Dora.

“I really hate this for the city. There are a lot of good people who live in Dora and who work for the city,” he said.