UPDATE: Pulaski Co. commissioners approve termination of two employees fired during executive session

During a packed meeting Monday night, the Pulaski County commissioners voted unanimously to ratify the termination of two department supervisors who were fired during an executive session Feb. 25.

Former Highway Superintendent Kenny Becker was suspended with pay and then demoted to general manager before being terminated.

Commissioner Larry Brady is serving as the interim highway superintendent; he was asked to give a performance review of Becker during the Feb. 25 executive session.

County Attorney Kevin Tankersley says Brady addressed several employee policy violations Becker allegedly committed since his demotion.

Because of those violations, Brady fired Becker during the executive session.

Shortly after being fired during the Feb. 25 executive session, Becker's attorney field a tort claim notice against the county commissioners, attorney and auditor seeking $500,000 in damages.

They were presented with the tort claim as Monday's meeting got started.

They'll have 90 days to respond before Becker can pursue further legal action.

Maintenance Supervisor Morry DeMarco was also terminated during the Feb. 25 executive session, but by consultant Paula Reimers. The commissioners say Reimers has been helping with human resources issues because Pulaksi County has no such department.

DeMarco was also fired for allegedly violating county policies.

"At no time did the commissioners or the attorney terminate me or say a word," he said during Monday night's meeting. "Mrs. Reimers, acting in the capacity of a fourth commissioner. And, why is she the one to fire anyone from the county?"

Several other residents in attendance raised questions about how the county hires and fires employees.

President of the commissioners Tracey Shorter said during the meeting Reimers was brought in to investigate and handle some employee issues to make the process fair.

She'll also assist in the interview process for the county's new highway superintendent on Friday.

While at least one complaint has been filed against the commissioners for potentially violating Open Door Laws, Tankersley maintains they've done nothing wrong.


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