Mercer Fiscal Court fires road employee

March 11, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - A Mercer County employee has lost his job because of a drug conviction in Mercer District Court.

Mercer Fiscal Court decided to terminate Michael A. "Tobo" Moore, who worked for the road department.

Judge-Executive John Trisler used his ability to vote on all votes taken by the court and voted yes to Moore's firing. The decision was made in a special called meeting Wednesday to discuss personnel.

Moore was convicted earlier this week on a charge of criminal facilitation to trafficking in 8 or more ounces of marijuana. The charge was reduced from trafficking in 8 or more ounces of marijuana.

He was sentenced to 12 months in jail; he is to serve 90 days and will be on supervised probation for two years, Trisler said. The judge also said the crime was not committed on county work time. He said Moore will be paid through Friday and will be paid for accrued vacation time.


The vote on Moore's status as a county employee came after an hour-long closed session by Fiscal Court. Magistrates Wayne Russell, Bill Waggener, Wayne Jackson and Trisler voted to fire Moore. Magistrates Larry Peyton and Eddie Burton voted against firing him. Magistrate J.B. Claunch was not at the meeting because of an illness in his family.

"I wanted the court to know that I felt part of this decision," Trisler said after the meeting when asked in a telephone interview why he voted since his vote was not necessary to break a tie.

"It's an important decision. Anytime you consider termination, it's an important decision, and I wanted the citizens and the court to know. We really deliberated with this thing."

"My feeling and the majority of the court really felt it was the right decision, and I want to support that."

Trisler then addressed a fact of life in most communities: the growing drug problem.

"There are several things in our community that affect the health and safety of our community. Drug abuse and the problems related to drugs are severe problems," Trisler said after the meeting.

The judge explained after the vote that Moore would be able to get work release if he still had a job with the county.

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