Alabama Legislature Sue Schmitz

Alabama Legislature Sue Schmitz

The former president of Central Alabama Community College has testified that normal hiring procedures were bypassed when state Rep. Sue Schmitz was hired to do public relations for a program to help troubled teenagers.

James Cornell testified Wednesday that he agreed to hire Schmitz
after receiving a call from then two-year college Chancellor Roy
Johnson. He said no other candidates were considered for the job.

Johnson has testified that he agreed to try to find a job for Schmitz at the request of House Speaker Seth Hammett and the head of the state teacher's union, Paul Hubbert.

Cornell took the stand on the third day of Schmitz' federal fraud trial in Decatur.

Prosecutors say she made over $177,000 in her job during three and a-half years with the program, but rarely showed up for work.