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Alabama Auditors

Melba Till Allen

Auditor: 1967-1975

Treasurer: 1975-1978

 

Melba Till Allen of Grady, Montgomery County, is the daughter of Samuel Ben and Pearley Gertrude (Johnston) Till, born March 3, 1933 at Friendship Community, Butler County, and attended Greenville Public Schools. She was employed in private enterprise until she was elected Auditor of the State of Alabama in the General Election of November 3, 1970 and State Treasurer, November 5, 1974. Mrs Allen left office June 8, 1978. Married to Marvin E. Allen of Grady; children: Judy Kathryn Grimes and Randy Earl.

 

A crusader against corruption, she was credited with helping to win the adoption of a state ethics law in 1973.

 

In 1978 she was convicted of using her office as treasurer to obtain bank loans to build a theme park and of failing to make full disclosure of her personal finances.

 

Mrs. Allen, who denied any wrongdoing, was sentenced to six years in jail and three and a half years of probation. She spent 30 days in jail and the rest of her sentence living and working as a bookkeeper at a Montgomery retirement home.

 

Mrs. Allen died on October 20, 1989.

 

Authorities:
Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1979, 35.
New York Times, October 24, 1989.