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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Smallwood complaint transferred to federal court
A Complaint for a Declaratory Judgement in the case of former Cocke County Fire Chief William Smallwood, which names Cocke County as defendant, now is headed to federal court. The action asks the court to determine whether the Cocke County Fire Civil Board actually exists and is valid under Tennessee law. The Cocke County Legislative Body(CLB)created a Fire Civil Service Board some time ago and appointed representatives to the board. More recently however, Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger announced that the board is invalid because there is no provision in state law for such a panel. The mayor points to an opinion by County Attorney Carter Moore and the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), that the civil service board is illegal under state law. Mayor Ottinger maintains that she has the authority to manage the fire department. On March 7, Fire Chief Smallwood was terminated as a result of a reported investigation of the department by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The findings of the investigation have not been released. The complaint filed by Attorney Tom Jessee, alleges that Smallwood was wrongfully discharged, in violation of his constitutional rights, solely for political reasons. The case was originally filed in Cocke County Chancery Court. "Because the lawsuit alleges a civil rights violation, the county may ask that a federal court have jurisdiction," says Cocke County Attorney Carter Moore. The Notice of Removal was filed by Attorney Jeffrey Ward of Greeneville who is representing Cocke County.


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