Meriwether County overturn county employee termination - WRBL

Meriwether County overturns county employee termination

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The Meriwether County Commission voted to overturn the termination of a county employee Tuesday. Beth Miller was fired from her position as the county's Animal Shelter Director last month after claims of forged county documents.

After a 5 hour meeting on Tuesday, the board decided to reinstate Miller, but demoted her to a lower position and suspended her for 3 days without pay.

The appeal of her termination comes after a 3-month investigation into allegations that Miller forged puppy intake and transport forms. The county participates in a program that moves puppies from heavily populated shelters to ones less populated. Miller was accused of filing paperwork that did not accurately reflect the movement of animals.

Miller denied the accusations and had several people speak on her support. Dr. Hewlett Hendricks, a local veterinarian, said the animal shelter was a "dumping ground" before Miller was hired this past April. He said since she took over, it's been "extraordinary."

The board would not say why they decided to reinstate Miller. They say it's a personnel issue so did not comment on how they came to the decision.

Miller told News 3 after the board meeting Tuesday that she is glad to be employed again, but does not consider the ruling a victory. She says she will continue to fight the allegations and clear her name of any wrongdoing.


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