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Toomer Talks About Threats, Harassment at DMV

Posted August 20, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Algie Toomer, North Carolina's $100,000 dollar man, says he is the victim of racism, bad managers, and State Government. Algie Toomer says he wishes he would have never taken the job at the DMV.

He says right from the start, he was caught in the middle of a power struggle. Toomer claims his worst problem is, he's still stuck in the middle.

Algie Toomer may have been happy to speak up Wednesday, but, he claims his years at the DMV were anything but delightful. Toomer says he had the support of former commissioner Alexander Killens.

Killens was just indicted for obstruction of justice. But, Toomer says other high ranking officers harassed and threatened his every move, including when he asked Col. A.L. Felton for a better DMV patrol car.

Toomer says he was called into Col. Felton's officer and told that if he didn't stop asking questions about a car, he could find himself walking. It was a case of more direct threats.

Committee members were just listening Wednesday. They allowed Toomer to read a statement he says he labored for weeks to prepare. The committee is supposed to be working on the problems of favoritism and patronage in state government. Toomer says the government, and the committee have offered him no relief.

"I was caught in the middle," Toomer says. "You still have me caught in the middle, being harassed from every conceivable source."

Toomer's attorneys claim his constitutional rights were violated during the turmoil at the DMV. They also say they now feel the $100,000 dollar payoff was grossly inadequate considering the trouble he faced.