Massengill's Termination Final
|At a short
continuation of last Wednesday's Loudon County Merit Board meeting
Monday, the board upheld the sheriff's decision to terminate Deputy
James Massengill. Massengill had been terminated for failing to properly
supervise prisoners under his watch. The board had continued the meeting
in hopes to hear testimony from Rick Watson. However Mr. Watson was not
available to attend the meeting. After a few minutes of discussion,
Chairman, Bob Franke ask if Guider or Massengill either one had any
additional statements for the board. Both declined. Chairman Franke then
told the board he would entertain a motion from the board. Commissioner
Gardin made the motion to to uphold the sheriff's decision to terminate
stating , it was one of the hardest decisions he had ever made. The
motion was seconded by Commissioner Miller. All three members then voted
yes to uphold the sheriff's decision. The meeting was then adjourned.
Immediately after the meeting Mr. Massengill shook hands with each member of the board and the sheriff before he left. Massengill can appeal the decision of the board to chancery court if he chooses. Massengill had been with the sheriff's dept. for 27 years.