Renewed allegations that director of Shelby County Corrections lives in another county

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The Shelby County rules are pretty simple.

If you work for Shelby County, you must live in Shelby County. That’s the issue.

The man who is the center of all of these allegations is Anthony Alexander, director of Shelby County Corrections. You might know it as the “Penal Farm.”

He is definitely an inside man. We couldn’t find a single picture of him.

But former corrections officer Gerald Green says he’s got pictures of him leaving his home – a Tipton County home, Green claims.

He showed pictures to Shelby County Commissioners.

“They’ve been working with me,” Green said, “… trying to get to the end of it, because employees are very frustrated. He’s taking it out on the employees.”

That’s the biggest complaint against Alexander, at least from some of his employees.

They have brought up the issue of where he lives once before. And now they’re doing it again.

Shelby County Chief Executive Officer Dwan Gillom has talked with Alexander.

“He (Alexander) states he is renting an apartment where he lays his head down every night,” Gillom said, “… and that apartment is in Shelby County. He has utilities turned on there, he has his vehicle registered at that particular location.”

There have been County Commissioners whose residency was in question. Nothing happened, because Commissioners could never figure out what determines residency.

Gerald Green says there should be no question.

“They need to do what they’re supposed to do,” Green said.  “If you live outside the county and you work for the county, you should be terminated.”

On the other hand, according to Gillom, “One of the reasons director Alexander feels these allegations have been made against him is he feels he is a strong disciplinarian and some of the employees have a problem with that.”

County officials will look at this again.

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