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DMV official is out, says he was wrongfully fired

Posted November 3, 2008 7:30 p.m. EST
Updated November 3, 2008 9:02 p.m. EST

— A top official with the Division of Motor Vehicles says he's been wrongfully fired.

A memo went out Monday informing all employees that Deputy Commissioner Wayne Hurder is no longer employed by the agency.

Hurder, a 15-year veteran of the DMV, said that he has not received formal notification of his termination, but that he had a pre-dismissal conference last week.

His attorney, Jack Nichols, said the DMV has accused his client of interfering with the hiring process.

Nichols, however, said he believes the termination is in retaliation for Hurder's blowing the whistle last month on the hiring practices of DMV Commissioner William Gore.

Nichols said that once his client receives formal notification of his termination, he will file a lawsuit to be reinstated.

The DMV confirmed late Monday that Hurder was no longer employed, but declined to elaborate further.