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Fired town recorder’s personnel file spotless until this February

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By Beth Braden

An oral and written reprimand are part of former Caryville Recorder Cheryl Ivey’s otherwise spotless personnel file, according to documents obtained by the LaFollette Press on Monday.  
According to reports, Mayor Chris Stanley issued the oral reprimand on Feb. 27. It is for what he cited as a lack of professionalism he said in a written note.
Ivey raised her voice, according to the note and was asked to be more professional before she reportedly hung up on Stanley in a phone conversation.
Vice-mayor Glenn Smith was also present during the reprimand, according to records. Ivey declined to sign the reprimand but reportedly said, “I deserve this for the way I acted.”
A second reprimand was issued April 16 for employee performance and attitude. The corrective actions listed include: “Employee shall not make remarks to supervisors that are negative and sarcastic as pertaining to job” and “employee shall carry out requests made by supervisors as pertains to position and within limits of Ordinance of City.”
Ivey declined to sign the second reprimand as well. She reportedly took some days off and was terminated when she returned to work on April 22.
Those reprimands are the only corrective actions against Ivey in her nine years of employment as the town recorder.
Stanley declined to comment further on what fueled his decision to terminate Ivey.
“The reprimands speak for themselves,” he said.
The public official also declined to comment about how the community reacted to the news.
The rest of the 31-page document includes records of Ivey’s initial application for the recorder position in 2004, with her employment beginning on Sept. 20 that year. She started the job at $9 per hour, and was making $17.36 per hour at the time of her termination.
Through the years, Ivey completed HIPPA training, independent study courses related to disaster and emergency management communication, and yearly training at the Tennessee Municipal Clerk Institute.
Earlier this year, Ivey became a certified municipal finance officer – a training course paid for by the town. The state mandates each town have a CMFO on staff for handling the town’s finances.
The town will begin putting together job requirements to advertise for the open position, Stanley said. Until then, the other employees are working to fulfill the vacant role.
“No one official is stepping in right now. We just have other administrative staff,” he said.
The town is also approaching budget season. Final plans for the 2013-14 budget must be approved and submitted to the state by June 30. Budget planning will be difficult without a recorder, the mayor said.
“It’s gonna be tough, but I think we’re gonna work through it,” he said.