Pulaski County Attorney Says Employee Suspension Will Be Resolved Monday

Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Vice President Terry Young, and President Tracey Shorter

The Pulaski County Commissioners met in an executive session Wednesday afternoon to discuss a personnel matter, and County Attorney Kevin Tankersley said the meeting was called to discuss information in regards to two county employees who had been suspended with pay. Officials have not released any information as to why Highway Superintendent Kenny Becker and secretary Lin Morrison were suspended, but said a decision as to the employees’ fate will be made at the next regular meeting on Feb. 4.

The commissioners suspended Becker and Morrison with pay but did not take an official vote, and Tankersley said no recorded vote is necessary to suspend an employee with pay due to their responsibilities as both the legislative and executive bodies of county government. Whether the commissioners will decide to terminate the pair or suspend them without pay is not yet known, but a decision is expected on Monday.

The commissioners also previously ordered that the locks at the county highway garage be changed, but all discussion regarding the cause of the suspension has taken place behind closed doors.

Tankersley refused comment on what took place during the executive session but said the matter is expected to be resolved at their next meeting, but what that entails is yet unknown.