The Town of Jonesboro did not properly terminate Fire Chief David Roberts last January when Mark Treadway was appointed to that position, Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson parishes) District Division B Judge Jimmy Teat ruled yesterday.
It is clear that the statute requires the Town of Jonesboro Board of Aldermen to make a motion to terminate David Roberts, said motion was to be seconded, and if there was a majority vote to terminate David Roberts then he would be terminated as Fire Chief of the Town of Jonesboro. Therefore, it is clear based on the testimony of the Mayor of Jonesboro himself that the statute was not complied with, therefore, it is this Court’s opinion that the Town of Jonesboro did not comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 33:404A(3) in removing David Roberts as Fire Chief of the Town of Jonesboro.
Therefore, it is this Court’s opinion that judgment should be rendered in favor of plaintiff, David Roberts, and against the defendant, Town of Jonesboro, ruling that the Town of Jonesboro did not comply with the law in terminating David Roberts as Fire Chief of the Town of Jonesboro.
As to the damages the Court will give plaintiff and defendant ten days from the date of this Reasons For Judgment to provide the Court with their assessment of what the damages would be to David Roberts and also would give the plaintiff and defendant the same ten days to present a judgment in accordance with these reasons.
See here the ruling.
See here the original petition.