Tyrone Council fires long-time town clerk

Wed, 06/11/2008 - 1:15pm
By: Ben Nelms

Nearly 20 years with the town of Tyrone came to an abrupt end Tuesday night for Town Clerk Valerie Caldwell, as council members voted 4-0 to terminate her employment with no explanation.

The council went into executive session after a lengthy budget meeting designed to whittle down nearly $740,000 in projected town expenditures.

They emerged less than 20 minutes later and, as the public portion of the meeting opened, a motion was made to terminate Caldwell immediately. The vote, with no discussion, was unanimous.

Speaking after the meeting, Mayor Don Rehwaldt did not give a reason why the termination was made. Rewaldt did acknowledge that the town has a personnel policy and that it might include a procedure for progressive discipline.

Personnel policies that include progressive discipline measures customarily include procedures for various infractions, including those of a gross misconduct nature that warrant immediate termination.

The Citizen has requested a copy of the policy.

Many in Tyrone have long called for Caldwell’s termination, as they did for that of former Town Manager Barry Amos.

Allegations by some of a variety of improprieties relating to the job performance of Caldwell and Amos have existed for more than a year. Amos, with Caldwell in tow, was the central feature of last year’s election campaign.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 6:48pm.

Gee, ya think?

The only problem with "progressive" anything is that it takes too long and doesn't work too well (like Valerie doesn't work at all).

Progressive is the new label for libs who don't like the "liberal" label. They are still commies and layabouts, but they have a new badge they can display with pride - "Progressive" - what morons.

Back to Valerie - good riddance. Hubby and his bro had nothing but trouble out of her on the Cathy/Wieland property which may or may not be the right thing for Tyrone, but the town clerk is not supposed to be a decision-maker and Valerie thought she was.

Let's get Nancy Faulkner back from Fairburn - she's professional - which is a hell of lot better than being "progressive"

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 2:04pm.

and Gloria Furr. Instead of the Citizen wanting a copy of the improprieties rules, you may want to ask the ex employees to furnish you the rules that show they can save up their vacation and authorise the payment for it. I think it came as a shock to the council.

Submitted by too bad on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 4:42am.

driving all the way to Atlanta and beyond to bring home the bacon, when Tyrone's little honey pot was right under our nose.

The person in charge of the small rec center has a base salary of how much $36,000.00? And has an assistant? And has 100% health care?

The police clerk makes how much?

I'm pulling over in Tyrone and looking for a job app.

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