Appeals hearing renders same verdict
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KAPLAN - A Kaplan Civil Service appeals hearing requested by the former director ended with the board rendering the same verdict....a unanimous vote for termination.

Callie Abshire, who was the Kaplan Civil Service director for the past 15 years had requested the appeals hearing after the board terminated her last month.

The termination charges against her included failing to perform her duties on a factual basis, a deliberate act of omission, omission contrary to public interest and insubordination.

Along with board members Jan Mayard, John C. Francis, Mike Kloesel, Marlene Dronet, and Jeremy Marceaux, in attendance were Ike Funderburke, attorney for the Civil Service Board, and Daniel Landry, attorney for Abshire.

Abshire had requested the appeals be held in public fashion, rather than in executive session.

The meeting opened with Funderburke introducing evidence supporting all charges brought against Abshire.

While Landry questioned the entire board, his main focus was on an alleged letter signed by the Mayor Kirk Champagne adressing her as ‘Queen Callie’ in the heading.

The content of the letter concerned the transfer of a city worker to another position.

Landry stated the former director never had any problems with prior administration, making the letter in question the reason for hostility between Abshire and current administration.

Funderburke countered with a document showing information on Abshire’s computer of how changes had been made to an original document, referring to the possibility of Abshire writing and printing the original letter for the employee, putting it in his file, then rewriting the letter and changing the heading to ‘Queen Callie’.

When Abshire was questioned by Funderburke as to how this letter was delivered, when it was delivered, and who delivered it, the former director answered, “I don’t remember”.

Abshire also stated other people had access to her computer.

At the end of the hearing, Funderburke once again asked the board if they had enough evidence to maintain their original decision.

All five remained steadfast in their vote for termination.
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