Former commissioner indicted for using office for personal gain

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A former Walker County Commissioner has been indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts of using his official office or position for personal gain.

Ralph Williams, 67, who represented District 3 from 2016 to 2020, was arrested on Thursday, according to court records. Bail was set at $60,000. Williams can be released on a signature bond.

Count One of the indictment states that Williams used his position on the commission to get a mirror for a 2008 Ford Truck purchased from Manchester Auto Parts using county funds, as well as containers of hydraulic fluid, antifreeze and tires that were taken from the District 3 shop for Williams, a family member or a business with which he is associated.

Count Two states that he allowed equipment, facilities, time, materials, labor or other public property, namely the truck mirror, hydraulic fluid, antifreeze and tires to be used for private benefit.

Count Three states that Williams used his position to obtain gravel that was the property of the commission for Melissa Williams, who is listed in the indictment as his spouse.

Count Four states that Williams allowed the gravel, a truck owned by the Commission and the time of a county employee to be used for the benefit of Melissa Williams.

Count Five states that Williams intentionally solicited a thing of value, namely having two county employees under his supervision deliver gravel to Melissa Williams and repair a driveway on Old Baltimore Road in Parrish.

Count Six states that Williams solicited a county employee to use the hydraulic fluid, antifreeze and tires for his private benefit.

Count Seven states that Williams intentionally used a county employee under his supervision to take the hydraulic fluid, antifreeze and tires from the district shop.

Count Eight states that Williams allowed fuel to be used for the private benefit of three individuals.

Count Nine states that Williams used or allowed the use of pipes belonging to the commission for private benefit.

Count 10 states that Williams solicited a thing of value by having a county employee deliver pipes belonging to the commission that were then used for private benefit.

Count 11 states that Williams used his position to gain a John Deere Ditch All and/or trailer that belonged to the commission.

Count 12 states that Williams allowed the trailer to be used for private benefit.