But Turner, 47, appealed his firing. This month, a year and a half after the firing, he got his job back. He’s no longer a probation officer. But he’s working for the same salary only now as an judicial services coordinator for the probation office in
Judicial services coordinators are responsible for the intake of new probation
cases, preparing pre-sentencing reports and conducting initial risk-needs
assessments. Gaston County
Turner was fired for missing meetings or drug screenings with at least 14 probationers, according to the termination letter released in 2010 by the DOC. The DOC also said Turner falsified at least one record of a home visit with a probationer and reported visiting with probationers on days that he was on leave or wasn’t scheduled to work.
N.C. Department of Correction officials aren’t saying much about Turner’s firing and reinstatement. The settlement agreement says the DOC and Turner have agreed that the only statement they’ll make about the firing, reinstatement and reassignment is:
“The DOC has reviewed the formal appeal of Mr. Warren Turner. After careful consideration of the issues raised by both Mr. Turner and DOC, the parties have reached a mutual settlement agreement. The Department reviewed Mr. Turner’s level of career experience and agrees to his reinstatement.”
But it’s clear from the settlement agreement that Turner won big. He’ll get back pay from the date of his firing to the date of his reinstatement. The state also has agreed to pay $10,000 to Turner’s legal counsel for the cost of his appeal.
To see the settlement agreement, click here.
Gary L. Wright