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Former Habersham clerk claims wrongful termination after lawsuit
Suit involved unapproved airport authority actions
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A former deputy clerk of finance in the Habersham County Magistrate Court claims she was wrongly terminated after a lawsuit against the Habersham County Board of Commissioners regarding unapproved airport authority actions, her attorney Julius Hulsey said.

Janice Griggs and others served as the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Habersham County Board of Commissioners regarding actions taken by the Habersham Airport Authority.

“The Authority has entered into a contract with a Fixed Base Operator and also contracted with a bank to be able to borrow money for fuel purchases,” according to the order signed by Senior Judge Robert Struble. “In addition, the Authority entered into a Fuel Purchase Agreement. None of these contracts have been approved by the (Board of Commissioners).”

Struble signed the order on Jan. 30 saying the Habersham commissioners must review the agreements and approve or disapprove them in a public meeting.

On June 15, Griggs was notified by Clerk of Superior Court David Wall that her position had been eliminated.

Multiple attempts to reach Wall for comment were unsuccessful.

On July 2, Hulsey provided notice to Wall on the preservation of all records, claiming that “such wrongful termination is a clear violation of the Georgia Whistleblower Statute.”

“We’re making sure that Janice complies with her administrative procedural requirements, that she is asking for the right to file a grievance with the department of human resources,” Hulsey said.

Hulsey said the reasoning he has heard from county government was that it was an attempt to save taxpayer money.

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