MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg against Berkeley County government's top engineer has prompted county leaders to approve a plan to hire an electrical inspector for construction projects.
Scheduled for trial Sept. 16, the lawsuit filed against William J. "Bucky" Teach by attorneys Linda Gutsell and John Yoder claims their client, an electrical contractor, was abruptly suspended without notice by the county engineer from doing work for the county and not afforded the opportunity to respond.
"Our main issue is whether (our client, Charles N. Smith Jr., was) entitled to a hearing," Yoder said in an interview last week.
"Defendant Teach, in effect, operated as prosecutor, judge, and jury in this matter, in suspending the privileges of plaintiff Smith without any notice of charges and by suspending his privileges without any opportunity to be heard and without providing plaintiff any appeal rights," the attorneys wrote in their complaint.