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Firing Confuses Justices Arguments Heard in Camden Case

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Firing Confuses Justices Arguments Heard in Camden Case

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ATLANTA -- Several justices on the Georgia Supreme Court admitted yesterday to being befuddled by the circumstances surrounding the firing of Camden County Finance Director Mary E. "Pepi" Haddock.

Six of the seven members of the state's highest court heard oral arguments on the county's appeal of a Camden Superior Court ruling reversing her dismissal. They'll issue a decision by the end of March.

"I got a little bit lost in all this," said Presiding Justice Norman Fletcher.

"It is a little bit confusing," added Terry L. Readdick, attorney for the county.

County Administrator John Peterson fired Haddock on Nov. 6, 1996, a day after a closeddoor meeting with the County Commission in which Peterson was reprimanded and instructed to let her go over a $1.2 million deficit.

Readdick told the justices that Haddock lost her chance to dispute her firing through the county's administrative procedures when she missed the 15day deadline. He said the county's governmental immunity protects it from being sued for damages or back pay. …

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