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New Little River County sheriff fires 9 workers

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 27, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.

— Outgoing Little River County Sheriff Danny Russell says Sheriff-elect Gary Gregory is dismissing seven deputy sheriffs, a transport deputy and the chief dispatcher.

Gregory was elected to succeed Russell — who is retiring — and will be sworn in Jan. 1. Gregory did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Russell told the Texarkana Gazette that Gregory will retain four dispatchers and two transport officers.

Chief dispatcher Martha Sue Abney says she received her letter and the others for her to deliver to affected employees on Dec. 21.

Russell and Abney say the employees were told they had to reapply for their jobs after Gregory was elected and that the letters informing them they would not be retained came from the employment review board after they interviewed with the board.

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PikeCo86 says... December 27, 2012 at 11:54 a.m.

Must have been an awful clown show in that department or the new sheriff in town is the clown. We will soon find out the truth when we see whose brother-in-law gets hired.........I love small counties....the tempers run so high becasue the stakes are soooo low:) I am sure it is related to some family feud. No pun intended.

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txjohns says... December 27, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

I agree. There's definitely a story behind this.

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mrlee says... December 27, 2012 at 5:33 p.m.

In-laws, outlaws, and politics: Makes for an interesting side show for free - wanting for the next episode!!

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