Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail resigned Tuesday and was sentenced as part of a plea deal.
Nail, who pleaded guilty to 15 Class A misdemeanors - using his position for personal gain, will serve 15 years probation, 120 hours of community service, and pay $4,000 in restitution and a $2,500 fine.
Nail was indicted on felonies, but he pleaded them down to misdemeanors. Also, as part of the deal, he made a public apology.
"Today, I am pleading guilty to fifteen (15) misdemeanor ethics violations," Nail wrote. "I am truly sorry for the harm and inconvenience brought about by this. I never wanted to bring any negativity to Hanceville. I love Hanceville and the people of Hanceville. I would never do anything to intentionally harm the city. Again, I am truly sorry."
Nail was first elected mayor in 2008. Cullman County District Attorney Champ Crocker sent a statement about the case to 1819 News.
"The trust between the people and their government must remain strong," said Champ. "Mr. Nail pleaded guilty, admitted to his misconduct, and also apologized to the citizens of Hanceville for his actions. I believe this swift resolution is balanced and shows both consideration for admitting guilt and that elected officials who violate the public trust will be held accountable."
According to an indictment, Nail directed former Police Chief Bob Long and three former inmates to work on his home while on duty for the city and had city employees travel and work for him while on duty.
The probation prohibits Nail from working for any public or governmental entity.
Hanceville is the second-largest city in Cullman County, with a population of just under 3,000.
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