published Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Fort Oglethorpe Council upholds firing of public works director

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    Jeff Long is sworn in to the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat during the swearing in of elected officials ceremony, held in the Catoosa County Superior Court in Ringgold, Ga.
    Photo by Alyson Wright /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Jeff Long tried to get his job back as public works director of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., at an appeal hearing Tuesday night.

Two councilmen, Earl Gray and Clay Kissner, voted in favor of reinstating Long. But Mayor Lynn Long (no relation to Jeff Long) sided with councilmen Louis Hamm and Johnnie “Red” Smith to uphold Long’s dismissal.

A standing-room only crowd was on hand for the contentious hearing. The council was still in closed session at 9 p.m. to consider the appeal that former Police Chief David Eubanks made of his firing.

The two long-time employees were dismissed on March 22 by interim City Manager Harold Silcox who was appointed shortly after the forced resignation of City Manager Ron Goulart.

Eubanks’ and Long’s attorneys, McKracken “Ken” Poston and Stuart James, filed a lawsuit against the city of Fort Oglethorpe Tuesday alleging their dismissals were illegal.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...

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