SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. -- Shepherdstown's former zoning officer, who was dismissed from his position and who this week lost his bid to become mayor, has filed civil action against the town and Mayor Lance Dom over his termination, according to court records.
John E. Mathews III alleges in the case filed May 30 in Jefferson County Circuit Court that the town allowed Mayor Lance Dom to decide on his own and without further authority to dismiss Mathews from his job.
The action was in violation of the town's charter, Mathews alleges.
As a result, Mathews alleges that he was denied his right guaranteed in state law to have public deliberations of the complaint against him.
Mathews also alleged the town does not have rules by which the date, time and agenda of meetings are to be made available to the public and news media, and alleged that Dom violated the open government proceedings act.