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Commission: Longtime DMV employee's firing sticks

Posted February 2, 2009

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— The North Carolina State Personnel Commission says the firing of a 17-year employee with the state Division of Motor Vehicles was appropriate.

Kenneth Cassidy was an assistant district supervisor in the DMV's License and Theft Bureau before he was fired on March 20 on the ground that he had violated a directive from DMV officials by talking to another employee in his office.

The termination came after Cassidy provided information to The News & Observer in Raleigh about emissions specialists not having enough work and problematic hirings in the department.

Emissions employees in his office had complained that Cassidy had harassed them and acted inappropriately toward them. He was ordered not to associate with them.

DMV officials fired Cassidy for unacceptable conduct after he was seen saying goodbye to a one of the workers, who had resigned.

In November, senior administrative law Judge Fred Morrison ruled the DMV directive was too broad to be enforceable, and he recommended that the agency give Cassidy his job back, with back pay, and pay his legal fees.

The State Personnel Commission said the DMV had just cause for Cassidy's dismissal and that the DMV had properly followed personnel procedures.

Cassidy has 30 days to appeal the decision in the Wake County Superior Court if he chooses.

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  • Timbo Feb 2, 2009

    Good ole boys. They should be fired wasting my tax money being punitive for no *good* reason.

  • james27613 Feb 2, 2009

    the DOT worker who resigned is not a DOT worker anymore,
    so how can they fire the man for speaking to a non dot employee?

    This will cost the state more money instead of just giving the man his job back with pay and interest.

    Almost as bad as Walmart used to be, you could not date another walmart worker, if you did and were caught, you both got fired.

  • chance Feb 2, 2009

    Ahhhh ... isn't there a Whistle Blowers law prohibiting firing of a whistle blower? So instead he was fired for saying goodbye to an emissions employee (a group of employees he was told not to associate with) ... an emissions employee who had resigned ... who was therefore no longer an employee? Hmmm ...

  • Tax Man Feb 2, 2009

    Off to Court we go! Sue them and take a large settlement from the state - they can afford it!

  • superman Feb 2, 2009

    Some people have had their brains removed. I hope he appeals-- sounds like someone has an "ax" to grind.

  • Adelinthe Feb 2, 2009

    Sounds like they were just looking for a reason.

    But also sounds like there may have been more to the story than what we're hearing if the Commission upheld it.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • thought Feb 2, 2009

    in government - you do not say a word - or do anything that boss would not like. i was a terminated for telling my boss I was going to put a restraining order against a worker who followed me- The bosses have to much power- they need to be let go and start all new government.

  • LuvLivingInCary Feb 2, 2009

    oh this stinks to high waters...you know this is payback for breaking the news to the nando....they'll never prove it but we all know the truth.

  • pbjbeach Feb 2, 2009

    NCCARGUY WHAT YOU ARE SUGGESTING IS A GOOD IDEA IN MY OPINION BUT YOU WANT BE SEEING THAT HAPPENS FOR THEN YOU WOULD BE AFFECTING SOMEONE THAT IS ACTUAL A PART OF MANGAMENT THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Feb 2, 2009

    This also goes to demonstrate just how far that the state of north carolina is willing to go to get rid of any employee an to retailate against them just for teling the truth for managment doesn't want anyone that works for state government telling the truth particularly to the press. Although i personnaly no longer consider the N & O TO BE ANYTHING SHORT OF ANOTHER POLITICAL PUBLICIATION THAT IS UTLMATELY INFLUENCED BY WHAT THE POLITICANS TELL THEM THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO PUT INTO PRINT IN THEIR PAPER. FOR YOU CAN BE SURE THAT THEY THE N& O CLEAR ANYTHING THAT MIGHT NEGATIVELY IMPACT STATE GOVERNMENT WITH THE POLS PRIOR TO ACTUAL PUBLICATION . THANK YOU

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