North Courtland City Council agrees with City Clerk's firing

City council voted not to give the City Clerk her job back

NORTH COURTLAND, Ala. - A second meeting in as many weeks. North Courtland City Council holding a meeting once again about the Mayor's firing of the City Clerk.

The goal of the council meeting was to decide whether or not former City Clerk Tabatha Bailey should get her job back. Community members packed City Hall for Tuesday night's North Courtland City Council meeting.

On tonight's agenda: the suspension of Mrs. Bailey.

Bailey was suspended on December 27th. She accuses Mayor Riely Evans Sr. of sexual harassment and believes she was suspended as retaliation. Tonight the mayor wanted to have a formal hearing.

"I will plead my case, after I plead my case, Mrs. Bailey will be given the opportunity to plead her case," said Evans.

Then the City Council would vote to either reinstate Bailey or suspend her indefinitely, but Bailey's attorney said a hearing would be a violation of her clients due process.

"I think that it would be improper and out of order for a hearing to be held without a full disclosure of the reasons of which the removal was done," said Carla Morton, Bailey's attorney.

The meeting was than called to an executive session so that the mayor could consult legal counsel.

"I hope that the questions that they answer today would solve the matter today, and I'm assuming the issue is whether it's in the best interest of The City to return her or what legal consequences there would be thereof," said Morton.

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