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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