Pulaski Officials could be in trouble for a possible open meeting law violation

Pulaski County Officials may be in trouble for the way they fired a longtime employee earlier this week.

According to our reporting partners at WKVI Radio , a citizen complaint has prompted a state agency to look into whether the commissioners violated open meeting laws when they terminated former highway superintendent Kenny Becker.

Becker has been embroiled in controversy since an investigation into the department last month.

He was first suspended with pay then demoted to General Manager and on Monday, he was fired during an Executive Session for violating several county policies.

But Indiana’s Public Access Counselor says that action should have been taken in a public forum. That is opinion, however, is only advisory and doesn't carry the weight of law.

Meantime, Becker has filed a Tort Claim against the Commissioners, Auditor and the County Attorney, who now have less than 90 days to respond before he can file a lawsuit.

The claims say Becker has been slandered without any evidence to support their accusations, and seeks $500,000 in damages.

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