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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  • by unknown Location: dekalb on Sep 18, 2007 at 03:59 PM
    good luck sam u have done nothing but supported kemper county people talked about jesus and he die for all of us.god bless u keep your head up,some people will never wear the shoes u have worn.
  • by Anonymous Location: De Kalb on Sep 10, 2007 at 02:21 PM
    Most of you talking, don't even know what you're talking about. Sam was not even called a name at the Court house. The man asked Sams son if he was going to kill him too.Sam then tried to come over the counter while his son went around the counter. For anyone to want to jump on this man is unreal, he is small almost girl like. As for the people of Kemper County & the people who would be ashamed to be from Kemper, we are not all uneducated. I do see, however some who wrote in from Meridian are also uneducated.Not all of us think everything is black & white either. Some do, & honestly we'd be better off with out them. Sam was a bad sheriff & now will be out in Jan. Someone will have a turn. Get over it.
  • by marquita Location: kemper on Sep 5, 2007 at 09:52 PM
    My people. Most of you don't even know Sam,and half of you are not even from this county. Say what you must, but for those of us who do work for the man can simply say that he is an understanding boss. He simply recognizes that most of his employees have families and other obligations. In that respect, he has been there for us all. In my opinion, if you work for someone, you should give them your support. And for those that are not "SATISFIED"... quit.
  • by KNOW THE FACTS Location: PORTERVILLE on Sep 5, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU BECAUSE SOME OF THE COMMENTS WAS WROTE IS SILLY. IF YOU FEEL LIKE THIS ABOUT SOMEONE YOU SHOULD TELL THEM TO THE FACE. EVERYONE WHO WROTE ALL THESE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY IS A DISGRACE. YOU ALL NEED GOD. I WILL KEEP ALL OF YOU SILLY PEOPLE IN MY PRAYERS. JUDGE NOT UNLESS YEA BE JUDGE.
  • by Reality Check Location: Scooba on Sep 4, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    To read everything that has been posted on the internet is sort of a shame. Everybody has their oppinion which is true, but what if those that were fired was really good workers? How should they feel going back to work after being humiliated in front of everybody? How would those that said they should be fired feel if Sam came back and apologize because he was simply wrong? I think that this should be between Sam and the employees only. Why make negative comments about something that you have no knowledge of. Where is it stated that you cannot work for someone and vote for somebody else? How would the others feel if James Moore came in escorted those that voted for Sam out the door? Life is too short to be acting like children. You should feel blessed just by waking up in the mornings and having a job to go to. What difference do it makes who is the Sheriff, just as long as you do what you are suppose to do.
  • by Concerned Location: DeKalb on Sep 4, 2007 at 08:20 AM
    We have people dying everyday in Iraq for a cause. And the sad thing is the ones that have gone one before them. We gripe about how an election turned out. WELL at least we have a right and the priveldge to vote. So in my opinion the people have spoken and we should pray for the winners and the losers should be glad the people gave them the opportunity to serve the time they did. It is time for a change in Kemper County and seems lately the media has play the "race card" when we should all be working together to imorove our community and be concerned about the exaples we are setting for the future generation in Kemper County. God help us ALL. Because right now we sure need it.
  • by black men of justice Location: kemper on Sep 3, 2007 at 10:06 PM
    TO THE PEOPLE OF KEMPER COUNTY. THE THING EACH CITIZENS SHOULD BE CONCERN ABOUT THE WAY VOTE WERE THROW OUT ON THE ELECTION THAT IS JUST LIKE A PERSON DOSE NOT HAVE A VOICE THAT IS WHAT MARTIN LUTHER KING DYED FOR WAS THE RIGHTS TO VOTE AND THAT EVERY AFRO AMERICAN WOULD BE TREATED EQUAL AND THAT EVERY VOICE WOULD BE HEARDED SO ANYBODY CAN PLAY THE BLAME GAME.THE PEOPLE OF KEMPER NEED TO PULLED TOGETHER.SO MR.TISDALE LOST THE ELECTION BUT ALL THE NEGATIVE THINGS YOU PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT HIM SOME OF YOU WILL SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT MR.MOORE IF HE IS ELECT SHERIFF IN DUE TIME IF THING DON'T GO YOUR WAY.EVERYONE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELVES FIRST AN DO AS GOD WOULD WANT YOU TO DO.LET'S NOT DOWN OUR BROTHERS AND SISTER LET'S TRY TO HELP ONE ANOTHER AND PRAY FOR EACH OTHER FOR OUR TIME MY NOT BE LONG ON THIS EARTH SO PEOPLE STOP THE NEGATIVE DOING AND COME TOGETHER AS ONE. GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE OF KEMPER NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE
  • by Gary Jackson Location: houston, texas on Sep 3, 2007 at 06:58 PM
    Maybe I don't know all the facts about Sam Tisdale and his family situation. What I do know is what the good people of kemper are saying, and they are saying it loud and clear. They are saying no more to the ignorance and negativity that is tisdale. It will take 20 years to undo what he has left behind. If the people of kemper are smart they would move forward and not look back. All that needs to be done is what's right. The voters already made the best decision for them not me. I'm glad they did. I hope in the future that kemper county step out of the slave mentality that Sam Tisdale has spend since he had the job. I left kemper years ago, now if the citizens can continue to move forward and not back one day I WILL move back. I love kemper county and I love the people of Kemper. Maybe if Sam Tisdale loved the people as I do, he would still be sheriff. To the comment that was ment for me I'll say that you are having a battle of minds to which you do not have (enuff) ammo.
  • by tina Location: kemper on Sep 3, 2007 at 03:20 PM
    TO THE PERSON WHO COMMENTED ON THE AUTHORITY OF TISDALE AND THE FIRINGS. YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. BECAUSE YOU WORK AT THE WILL AND PLEASE OF THE SHERIFF. WHAT HIGHER AUTHORITY COULD HAVE TOLD THEM TO COME BACK TO WORK. IF YOU KNEW YOU FACTS YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WAS GOING TO LEAVE THEM FIRED. THEY LEFT IT UP TO THE SHERIFF. THE PERSON WHO COMMENTED THAT THEY WAS TISDALE WORSE NIGHTMARE YOU WERE NOT EVEN BRAVE ENOUGH TO STATE YOUR NAME. SO HOW ARE YOU GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.OH, DON'T WORRY HE WILL NOT NEED THE LOGGING BUSINESS THIS GO AROUND THE LORD ALREADY HAVE WORK IT OUT FOR HIM.
  • by is the war over? Location: bloody kemper alive and well on Sep 3, 2007 at 03:17 PM
    The people in Kemper Co. need to get a life. This is 2007!!! The Civil War is OVER! I am so SICK of the Black/White thing. You all need each other to make your community successful. The war was over long ago - none of you were there - it is OVER! If you all spent as much time working together as you do bickering and blaming somebody - I'm sure you would have a more successful place to live. As you sit here and read all of these awful comments that you wrote about your outgoing sheriff and a few months ago about your outgoing supt., do you ever stop and wonder WHY people don't want to move industry into your county? Who wants to live in a county of hatred and constant disloyalty. Everyone reading this in surrounding counties think you all are CRAZY!!! Again, this is 2007, it doesn't matter if you are black, white, mixed, purple, or pink - everyone needs to go to a revival and pray that you all see the importance of revitalizing your community without all of this hatred.
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