Attorney: Dothan security firm did nothing dishonest in securing state bid

By Ken Curtis

Published 09/02 2014 05:24PM

Updated 09/02 2014 08:56PM

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit involving two competing security firms. At issue were allegations that Dothan-based DSI Security Services illegally obtained a security contract with the Alabama State House because of its relationship with House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

The lawsuit, filed by DTA Security of Montgomery, alleged that DSI owner Alan Clark and House Speaker Mike Hubbard engaged in improper conduct related to the bid process. DTA attorney, Rep. Joe Hubbard, made the allegations on behalf of the company. Joe Hubbard is not related to Mike Hubbard.

However, Joe Hubbard now said he was provided incorrect information by a DTA employee. “It became apparent to me that DSI had no improper relationship with the Speaker. I regret that this lawsuit may have called into question the ethical standards of DSI,” he said.

In the written statement Joe Hubbard continued, “DSI Security Services won the contract in a fair, open, and honest way, and they have provided exceptional service to the members of the Alabama Legislature and the citizens of Alabama.”

“We were on the receiving end of some very upsetting and untrue allegations,” said DSI Chief Operating Officer Eddie Sorrells told WDHN when a counter suit was filed last December. “We were forced to respond to allegations of bid rigging and corruption,” he said.

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