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Ex-deputies’ appeal headed to high court

POSTED: December 14, 2013 12:05 a.m.
 

The Georgia Supreme Court will take up the case of whether to grant an appeal hearing for 11 former Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies.

The employees were terminated in February as part of a reported reduction in force and have since sought an appeal before the county civil service board.

In an October order, visiting Judge Grant Brantley granted the motions by the county and the local civil service board to dismiss the case.

Brantley ruled the deputies had "other remedies available" to appeal their layoffs.

Later that month, the 11 appealed the ruling for the motion against Forsyth County, but not the civil service board.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Court of Appeals transferred the case to the state’s high court, finding the issue has “exclusive jurisdiction” there.

Richard Neville, counsel for the civil service board, updated the three-member panel on the case Thursday morning.

Though the board is not involved in the legal matter, the outcome could result in a hearing before them. Chairman Terry Smith asked that the members continue to receive information on the case.

“It’s important to us what this decision is,” Smith said.

 

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