January 31, 2017
Karen Degges, former Jasper County Manager, has filed a federal lawsuit against Jasper County. The nature of the suit is listed as “Americans with Disabilities-Employment.” The suit was filed January 13, 2017 in Georgia Middle District Court in Macon.
TWG reported when Karen Degges was put on medical leave instead of the BOC firing her. (July 6, 2015)
We also reported –with video—of the county attorney (Jim Alexander) allowing the BOC to go into Executive Session to discuss “medical leave.” Additionally he tried to refuse to answer the question if Karen Degges would be paid for her 90 days of leave.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE GOING ON “MEDICAL LEAVE” HAVE TO HAVE IT DISCUSSED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION?
Posted on July 7, 2015
About 2 weeks later, the BOC called a special meeting—Executive Session (July 23, 2015), and fired Karen Degges.
BOC FIRES KAREN DEGGES
Posted on July 23, 2015
Before Karen Degges was finally fired—please note: she was fired while on medical leave—the BOC ignored numerous things that were questioned by the public and TWG— from hiring more and more people, to raises for Sherry Braley; from a missing audit to higher taxes; from violations of policy to gross absenteeism. And the list goes on…..but the BOC refused to listen, would not ask questions, did not verify anything or document anything. Now they are in trouble! And so are the taxpayers of Jasper County.
The county commissioners’ attorney, Jim Alexander, gave the BOC very poor advice in this case. Based on past County Manager dismissals, there is no doubt that Jim Alexander wanted to pay Degges for 90 days if the commissioners wanted to fire her or not, and gave them the line that if they didn’t they might get sued. Well, now, look what has happened!
How much will the Jasper County BOC cost the taxpayers of Jasper County with their failure to fire Karen Degges when they should have?
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.