Columbiana councilmember arrested for theft, fired

From Staff Reports

Columbiana City Councilmember Sherry Rush has been arrested and charged with third-degree theft.

According to Shelby County jail records, Rush, 49, was arrested last Friday and released on $1,000 bond.

County Finance Manager Butch Burbage said Rush was terminated last Friday.

He said she was terminated for misconduct under her responsibilities and duties as a license office supervisor.

According to media reports, $300 in cash was discovered to be missing from the license office in the Shelby County Courthouse.

Rush was unable to be reached for comment.

Columbiana Mayor Allan Lowe offered his support to Rush and her family.

&uot;I’m not familiar with all the details of the situation, but I can say (Rush) has always acted in the best interest of the city and that this situation does not involve any city business whatsoever.

&uot;Sherry Rush and her family are close friends of mine and I hope they always will be. And they have the prayers of my family and me.&uot;