|Dana J. Flowers|
Mayor Willis has not, in his letters, given any specific reason for these terminations other than the fact that he was elected in November and took office on January 1, 2011. He goes on to say that he will be taking the city in new direction.
The city council has scheduled hearings for the employees who lost their jobs. These hearings will take place on March 1, 2011, provided that proper notice is provided to the affected employees. The basis for the hearings is a "little known" section of the employee handbook which gives City of Helena-West Helena employees the right to appeal the decision of the mayor in four (4) limited circumstances. Those circumstances are:
- Suspension for more than three (3) days;
- Failure to Promote; and
Our information is that one other employee was terminated on the same day as Flowers and Jordan. His mother, however, is alleged to have called the mayor and had a conversation with the mayor that resulted in him returning to work within the police department.