(Updated) City of Cullman Municipal Court Clerk arrested for obstruction, computer tampering

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Susan Landrum Means (Cullman County Sheriff's Office)

Updated 12-11-19 at 5:02 p.m. with a statement from Mayor Woody Jacobs

Editor’s note: Other media outlets mistakenly referred to Means as a magistrate. Her title, according to Cullman City Hall, is City of Cullman court clerk. She manages the magistrates.

CULLMAN, Ala. – Longtime City of Cullman Court Clerk Susan Landrum Means, 64, was arrested this week by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), charged with obstructing governmental operations and computer tampering.

Means allegedly, in August of this year, obtained confidential information by accessing the Spillman Records Management System and viewing an active investigation involving her son.

Court records obtained by The Tribune allege Means “on or about 8/12/19” did “by means of intimidation or physical force, or interference, or by another independently unlawful act intentionally obstructed, impaired or hindered the administration of law, or other governmental function, to wit: accessed the Spillman Records Management System and viewed an active investigation involving her son.” Records also allege Means “on or about 8/12/19…knowingly and without authority obtained any confidential information by a governmental or medical institution, to wit: accessed the Spillman Records Management System and viewed an active investigation involving her son.”

“Susan Landrum Means has been placed on administrative leave from her job as Cullman Court Clerk,” said Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs. “The City of Cullman is investigating the situation before determining an appropriate course of action. Means was arrested this week by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), charged with obstructing governmental operations and computer tampering.”

According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, Means was released on a $3,000 unsecured bond.

Means is scheduled to appear in District Court Feb. 4, 2020.

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