Post-Election Firings in Kemper County

Upon arrival this morning at least four employees at the Kemper/Neshoba Regional jail say they were met with a surprise from outgoing Sheriff Sam Tisdale.
"He gave us a letter and said 'Resign!' said Lt. Sandra Smoot. When asked if he said why he wanted them to resign, she says Tisdale didn't give an answer.
" (I'm) upset because I come of work everyday on time and do my work. So, I'm upset about it!" said Smoot

"When asked why he let the employees go, Tisdale said, "Unsatisfactory work!" He said it had nothing to do with the election, and the firings were already planned.

In response to this action, the now former employees contacted members of the Kemper County Board of Supervisors who briefly met this morning.

"We can't even deal with that until Tuesday, " said board president James Granger. "I don't know what the board can do on that but we'll definitely be looking into it."

The issue is expected to be revisited at the board's next regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at 9 AM

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