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Former sheriffs deputy fights to regain job
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CUMMING — The Forsyth County Civil Service Board is weighing the case of a former local sheriff’s deputy who was fired earlier this summer during investigation of a fraudulent legal practices case.

The three-member panel, which met all day Thursday and Friday on the matter, has 30 days to make a decision on whether to reverse Paul Whitfield’s termination. The case will be discussed in a future closed meeting, with the ruling announced at a called public session.

In appealing the decision, Whitfield’s attorney maintained Sheriff Duane Piper’s reasons for firing his client were weak.

Steven Lydell argued that the lawman of more than 30 years should be reinstated as the procedures weren’t followed properly and that Whitfield was denied his right to proper due process.

Mike Garrison, an internal affairs investigator for the sheriff’s office, said Piper fired Whitfield after an internal affairs investigation found the deputy had been untruthful and uncooperative.