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Friday, February 1, 2019
Sheriff Puckett calls 'em like he sees 'em
BLOGGER COMMENTS: Folks, I have to preface this blog with the caveat: IF TRUE...this is a helluva insight into the new sheriff's management style. Read on.
Lawsuit: New Morgan sheriff fired officer because he was 'no use as a deputy'
A court order so damaged the credibility of a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy that he was fired last month by the new sheriff, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the former deputy, former Sheriff Ana Franklin and others.
“ 'You’re no use as a deputy,’ ” newly installed Sheriff Ron Puckett told Deputy Robert Wilson on Jan. 15, according to the lawsuit. “ 'You can’t testify in court, today. The DA’s office wouldn’t hear your testimony. As far as a useful deputy, you can’t even arrest anybody. You could, but because of the court order, the DA’s not going to hear your testimony. I recognize that it may be a matter of opinion, but opinion matters.’ ”
According to the lawsuit filed against former Morgan County Jail Warden Leon Bradley and Daniel Lockhart, Puckett referred to an April court order in firing Wilson and convincing Deputy Blake Robinson to resign. Wilson and Robinson are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, as are Franklin and Justin Powell, who remains employed at the Sheriff's Office as information technology coordinator. Lockhart, once a confidential informant for Franklin, is the grandson of a blogger sharply critical of the Franklin administration.
Provided with a copy of the complaint, Puckett on Thursday declined to comment on whether the quotes attributed to him were accurate.
“Unfortunately, it is our policy we will make no comment on personnel matters or any ongoing litigation,” Puckett said.
According to a motion filed with the complaint, the April order harmed the plaintiffs’ credibility to the point that “District Attorney (Scott Anderson) had stated his intent not to use Wilson or any of the other plaintiffs as witnesses.” The complaint alleges that since the April order, the plaintiffs have never “been called upon by the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office to provide sworn testimony.”
Anderson declined to comment Thursday, citing pending litigation against Franklin.
The story goes into detail and background and is worth your time to read the whole thing. Here's the link: