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Lawsuit Targets Mayor, Officials

Former Sistersville employees claim retaliatiory actions

February 21, 2013

SISTERSVILLE — Two former city employees who were among five who resigned in August are taking legal action against the city and two of its leading officials....

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Feb-21-13 8:25 AM

Its small town America, and particularly WV. Where the appointed employees believe they are royalty and incoming public officials, mindful that those employees are not going to help them in any way try to fire them. But then lawyers find a foothold and know that if they can make up a good enough story, the fired employees will be offered a settlement figure by the insurance carrier and they will make some more money from the taxpayer and the lawyer will too. Its the WV ballad of the Queen of City Hall that is played in nearly ever town in WV. The people can have elections to put people in office who will "change things" but the Royals there are outraged that the people of a city want to make any kind of change in the kingdom. There will never be a day in court to regain their "honor" as city hall toadies, it will be a check in the mail from some lawyer and all will be well in the Kingdom again and a new Queen will be begin to grow. Happily ever after.

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Feb-21-13 11:58 AM

Triton, you are absolutely right. Read the filing again leaves me speechless.

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Feb-21-13 1:51 PM

Public officials are the ones who created the problem. They fight the Ethics Commision, FOIA request and shield everything from the public. If corrupt things happen in government put the sunlight on the act. It is the coverup that cost the taxpayer.

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Feb-21-13 1:57 PM

The people in delegating authority do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for them to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments of government created by them." (Preamble to the West Virginia Open Governmental Prodceedings Act.)

A good reason to hold our politicians responsible for their actions in court and on to jail. reason to hold our politi

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Feb-21-13 2:03 PM

The citizens of WV gave the power to the government and maybe it is time to start cutting back some of their powesr since it is becoming apparent they are not competent or educated enough to understand the laws or use the power.

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Feb-21-13 2:14 PM

Has the citizens of WV reached a point where all politicians elected and appointed need to take a test to show if they really understand corruption and ethics. The politician was to serve and represent not dictate and control government for a few.

Harsh laws and jail time might be the answer along with the test.

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Feb-21-13 2:37 PM

The transparency report card for WV counties= D, cities = D, and school districts = F. This might give you some insight of local government. The State needs to pass stronger laws for the citizens against their local politician. Maybe we should start to question their education in governments .

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Feb-21-13 2:51 PM

The plantiffs in this case have work for several (at least 4) administrations in Sistersville. They are not trouble maker looking for an easy buck. They want to be treated fairly according to the employment laws of the state of WV. The truth will come out in court.

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