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DeKalb rejects parks director’s appeal of firing over swim meet snafu
Marilyn Boyd Drew appealed her July 20 firing as DeKalb County’s parks and recreation director, but she won’t get a hearing like the county’s police chief did.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis fired Drew, 55, last month after her department bungled efforts to enroll DeKalb youths in a state swim meet.
At the time, Drew told reporters she would appeal the decision under rules of the DeKalb County Merit System. She lodged her appeal July 29.
DeKalb Human Resources Director Joe Stone rejected Drew’s appeal the next day on the grounds that her job was exempt from the Merit System’s protection.
The parks job was mistakenly classified as falling under the Merit System when she got it in 2002. A memo in Drew’s personnel file shows she was notified of the mistake in 2003 with an explanation that the County Commission had previously removed the position from the Merit System.
Police Chief Terrell Bolton, fired earlier this year by Ellis, also appealed his dismissal as well and received a three-day administrative hearing. A decision is expected within the next two weeks.
County commissioners have since removed the chief’s job from Merit System protection.
Both Drew and Stone are defendants in a federal lawsuit alleging they took part in a reverse-discrimination scheme to replace white managers with blacks in the parks and recreation department. A federal appeals court ruled in July that the plaintiffs had presented “shocking evidence” of racial bias by former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones and others.