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Order filed, window for appeals opens

Ex-FCSO workers fighting dismissal

POSTED: October 12, 2013 12:20 a.m.

A final order filed Wednesday started the clock to appeal a judge’s ruling for 11 former Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies terminated in February.

Visiting Judge Grant Brantley granted the motions by Forsyth County and the Forsyth County Civil Service Board to dismiss the case, as he announced he would follow a hearing in July.

The deputies sought a court order to require a civil service board hearing, but Brantley ruled they had “other remedies available” to appeal their layoffs.

The 30-day timeframe for the deputies to appeal the Brantley’s decision, however, didn’t begin until that order was filed in Forsyth County Superior Court, said Richard Neville, counsel for the civil service board, at the panel’s Thursday monthly meeting.

Neville said he had not received any indication of what the next action, if any, would be for the former deputies.

If no action is taken, he said the order becomes final.

The supervisory positions were cut in late February as part of an agency restructuring headed by Sheriff Duane K. Piper, who took office in January.

Piper has said the changes will increase efficiency and lower the budget.

The 11 claim their terminations were politically motivated, incorrectly processed and discriminatory based on age.


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