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Ex-investigator wants court to overturn firing
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Forsyth County News
A former sheriff's investigator has asked Forsyth County Superior Court to review the civil service board's decision to uphold his firing.

Charles Adams was dismissed from the sheriff's office on April 29 based on charges that he had been untruthful, misled supervisors and neglected his duties.

The civil service board sided with the sheriff's office on the violation of a truthfulness policy, but did not agree with the other charges against Adams, 58.

In the end, the three-member panel upheld Adams' termination.

Attorney Lance LoRusso said he filed a writ of certiorari, or petition to Superior Court, for his client on Aug. 28.

LoRusso said he is awaiting word from the county, which has 30 days to respond, after which the court could review the case.

The civil service board's decision on Adams' appeal came in a letter July 30, several weeks after a three-day public hearing on the matter.

LoRusso asked the board to reverse the termination and reward Adams with back pay.

The civil service board's letter was critical of several of the charges against Adams, as well as testimony from "a number of witnesses of cursing and abusive language being used by supervisors in the sheriff's office toward their subordinates."

Adams, a 39-year veteran of law enforcement who ran unsuccessfully last year for the county's clerk of court post, could have his peace officer standards and training certification revoked as a result of the termination.

The civil service board meets monthly to determine government employee appeals on a case-by-case basis. Employees who have civil service protection can appeal their firing to the panel.