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Graddick places three Pardons and Paroles officials on leave

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The new director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles has placed his predecessor and two others on leave, citing job performance.

The Parole Board said Thursday that Director Charlie Graddick placed three members of the agency’s previous leadership on leave pending disciplinary hearings regarding job performance.

They are Eddie Cook, former executive director; Chris Norman, former assistant executive director; and Belinda Johnson, former director of personnel.

Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Graddick to replace Cook under a new law that gives her the authority to appoint the director.

The action comes during Graddick’s first days on the job. Graddick took over Sept. 1.

Jackie Graham, director of the State Personnel Department, said the employees must use their accrued paid leave. She said the process is used during investigations or before disciplinary hearings.

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