Former Calhoun Deputy Files Lawsuit

Former Calhoun County Deputy Roger Westmoreland has filed a lawsuit against the county claiming wrongful termination. That was the likely topic of an executive session held at the end of Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.


By JOEL McNEECE
Former Calhoun County Deputy Roger Westmoreland has filed a lawsuit against the county claiming wrongful termination.
That was the likely topic of an executive session held at the end of Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The board entered the executive session with Sheriff Billy Mac Gore to discuss “lawsuits filed against the county,” attorney Sonny Clanton said.
Westmoreland, who is being represented by attorney Jim Waide of Tupelo, is claiming he was fired due to race and for taking a “necessary” medical leave.
The county has not responded to the complaint yet.
In other news from Monday’s meeting, Calhoun County supervisors agreed to purchase a pot-hole patcher for the county at Monday’s meeting of the board.
The cost of the patcher, $69,850, and 7,000 gallon tank, $50,200, will be divided among the five districts, as well as the required truck the board is seeking.
Roland Byrd with Renasant Insurance Inc. met with the board to go over the county’s policy for the new year. Byrd said the county could save almost $5,000 a year by changing insurance providers for the law enforcement coverage and recommended some other changes to the overall policy that might save the county more.
The board agreed to study the recommendations and voted to renew the policy for 2009.
The remainder of the meeting involved the routine approval of solid waste chargebacks, a school bus turnaround, and travel for a chancery clerk seminar.

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