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|Abingdon City Council Fires Convicted Employee
|The Abingdon City Council has voted to fire a longtime employee who was convicted on a serious federal charge last month, but at least one alderman wasn't happy with the process which led to that point.
Aldermen last night voted unanimously to fire Public Works employee Thomas Marshall. Marshall is in the custody of U.S. Marshals after pleading guilty last month to a charge of Receipt of Child Pornography, after printed and computerized images of child porn allegedly were found in his home. He'll be sentenced next year.
The City Council's Personnel Committee had to recommend the firing before aldermen could act, and Third Ward Alderman Jason Johnson says he doesn't like how that went down.
"We have personnel meetings that deal with specifically with employees and discipline or issues with specific employees we usually have those meetings in closed session. That particular meeting was done in open session, I don't know why that was done that way. I would just like to say that I don't agree with the way that meeting was held because it was an open session."
Other aldermen said, however, the reason the meeting was held in the open was because most of the information that led to Marshall's dismissal was already public information.
City Attorney Jack Ball told aldermen that it was Marshall's second violation of the city's personnel policy, though he didn't specify other than citing parts of the policy.
Aldermen approved a couple of promotions in the Public Works Department as a result -- one of which was to fill Marshall's position.
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