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Deputy files appeal over firing

June 05, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Richard Burrell, whose firing from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department was upheld by a Civil Service commission, has filed an appeal to Circuit Court.

Burrell is seeking reinstatement as a deputy. He had worked for the department for almost five years.

Sheriff Ronald Jones fired Burrell on March 29 because an order of protection obtained by Burrell's girlfriend allegedly prevented Burrell from possessing a firearm.

Through his attorney, David Joel, Burrell objected. Joel argued that the protection order did not include a provision keeping Burrell from having a weapon.

Jones, however, said that a superseding federal law states that the object of a protection order can't have a gun. Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely concurred.

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Burrell filed a protest with the Berkeley County Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Commission. In April, the commission ruled in favor of Jones.

According to state law, Burrell had 90 days to appeal the decision to Circuit Court. He filed his appeal on May 24. An appearance date has not been set, according to court records.

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