Deputies Fired?

About two dozen people gathered Tuesday morning to call for the reversal of action taken by Sheriff James Lovette.

Since last week's primary election, they say longtime Chief Deputy Lee McGrew and Deputy Earnest Randall have been informed that they no longer work for the Choctaw County Sheriff's Department.

"On Friday my husband was called in to the office and told to turn his phone in because he no longer worked for the county,: says McGrew's wife, Levone.

At the time of the gathering, McGrew was out of town, but his wife says he was not given a reason for the sheriff's action. According to her, McGrew feels that it is politically motivated. When it comes to this new development, supporters for McGrew say it's not fair.

"Because he has a right to run (for sheriff) like everybody else," said Levone McGrew.

In response, Sheriff James Lovette said he would not give a comment on camera. However, he did tell us that both men took a leave of absence to run for the office and that he 'does not intend to hire them back'.

Supporters of McGrew say they are calling on Sheriff Lovette to reverse his decision.

"Well, if he (the sheriff) says no, we'll get together and do what we have to do. Nothing illegal, but we'll have to do what we have to do," said Rev. Cleo McGrew.


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  • by Bill Location: Butler on Jul 5, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    alabama is an at will employment state. the sheriff can employ who he wants. apparently everyone has forgotten
  • by Michael Location: Gilbertown on Jun 12, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    I think I'll just run for sheriff. What the heck would it really matter
  • by Ray Location: Choctaw County on Jun 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    Why do we all complain? Is it because, we find fault in everyone but ourselves? Lets let the people decide who the new Sheriff will be. God Bless.
  • by Shannon Location: Butler, AL on Jun 10, 2010 at 09:46 PM
    I HOPE IN NOVEMBER THAT TOM ABATE WINS!!!! WE NEED A GOOD SHERIFF THAT WE CAN DEPEND ON AND I THINK ABATE WOULD DO THE JOB!!!!
  • by To Joe on Jun 10, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    Get a life!!!Nobody's crying race cards around here!! These people are talking about wrong doing. If Randall is not going to speak up for themself , than thats his problem. Maybe Randall was just fired as an alibi. Time will tell. If you do wrong in one thing, you'll do wrong in another. What if it was u that was fired!!!
  • by g'town on Jun 10, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    Abate thinks he's going to split the white votes from Mcgrew, but on July 13th, we'll see. He's not wanting to be sheriff!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    What some of you seem to have missed is the tv station never said this was racial. The races of Deputies McGrew and Randall were not mentioned, because they had no reason to. Deputy McGrew's people were at the rally, but not McGrew himself. I didn't see Deputy Randall or his people there. But the issue of their firing was addressed. They went to the sheriff and he said what he said. The only people making this racial are people who are commenting here.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    JOE: I'M SURE HE WILL HIRE A BLACK DEPUTY TO COVER HIMSELF HE SAID ON WTOK HE THINKS HIM AND MCGREW BOTH WANTS WHATS BEST FOR CHOCTAW COUNTY THEN TURN AROUND THE NEXT WEEK AND FIRE HIM SOMETHING AIN'T RIGHT ABOUT THAT AND SOMETHING WILL BE DONE ABOUT IT
  • by Get it straight Location: choctaw county on Jun 10, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    While you all are sitting around talking about Lee McGrew not writing tickets. Well it's not a requirement for Deputies in Choctaw County to write traffic tickets If you don't beleive me ask Donald Lolley he was sheriff for over 30 years and he refuse to let his deputies write traffic tickets. And Lovette alot of the cases you think he works well he is taking credit for work the deputies even city cops have done. So get your facts then comment. That's why he look so dumb on the tv.
  • by Joe Location: Lisman on Jun 10, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    To all of those people of choctaw county who crying race is the issue. The SHeriff has appoint a BLACK Deputy as the New Chief Deputy and also is the head of the jail. ANd is planing to hire a new Black Deputy to replace the fired one. Sounds like a race issue to me.
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