RALEIGH: Judge: McCrory admin. fired ALE agent improperly - WRBL

Judge rules ALE agent fired improperly by McCrory administration

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

An administrative judge has ruled that a former Alcohol Law Enforcement director was improperly fired by the McCrory Administration because he was a Democrat.

Judge Fred Morrison has ordered that John Ledford, 48, be re-instated as an ALE agent.

Morrison ruled that Ledford "was a marked man politically following the 2012 election for governor."

Morrison ruled that Ledford was due back pay and attorneys' fees.

Ledford had been a Madison County sheriff before taking over ALE from October 2009 to December 2012. He moved to an ALE field agent job in Asheville before Gov. Pat McCrory took over as governor. Ledford sought to move to a different position that would not be subject to removal for political reasons. As director, he could be dismissed without cause.

In April, he told the Asheville Citizen-Times that was firing was "obviously politically motivated."

Ledford registered as a Democrat at the age of 18 and his father, also a Democrat, had been on the Madison County Board of Commissioners for 20 years, according to court documents.

Ledford asked to return to field work in a written request to Department of Public Safety Secretary Reuben Young, a Democrat, in a letter written Nov. 27, 2012, after the election. Young approved the request in a memo dated Dec. 19.

Ledford's pay was reduced from $110,000 to $65,887. In that new role, the court said, he had "performed very well."

According to the court documents, McCrory's transition team met with DPS officials after the election and asked if any non-exempt employees were moving to exempt positions.

In a memo April 10, DPS Commissioner of Law Enforcement Frank Perry advised Ledford, court documents show, that he was being terminated from state service for participating in the events that led to his demotion.

Ledford was not given notice of charges against him and not given a chance to tell his side of the story.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:07:04 GMT
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • NC judge to rule against teacher tenure state law

    NC judge to rule against teacher tenure state law

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:18:26 GMT
    A Guilford County judge is backing two school districts fighting a North Carolina law that phases out job protections for public school teachers in favor of employment contracts.
    A Guilford County judge is backing two school districts fighting a North Carolina law that phases out job protections for public school teachers in favor of employment contracts.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.