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June 6, 2013

NARCOG board goes to closed session to discuss litigation

DECATUR, Ala. — The North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments five-member executive committee met behind closed doors Tuesday at new attorney Barney Lovelace’s office to discuss “litigation issues” surrounding the organization.

Board chairman Stanley Yarbrough called the meeting to order, and immediately requested the committee go into executive session, which lasted roughly 40 minutes, before adjourning.

“We discussed the litigation like the motion said,” Lovelace said.

Committee members Yarbrough, Johnny Dyar, mayor of Baileyton, and Lawrence County commissioner Prentiss Davis declined to further comment.

Late last week, former director of aging for the organization, Rodney Gann, filed a civil suit against NARCOG in U.S. District Court for the northern district of Alabama, located in Birmingham. The suit alleges NARCOG violated Gann’s rights protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act after he was replaced by a woman much younger than him following his termination at a NARCOG board meeting at Cullman City Hall on March 8, 2012. In addition, Gann is also suing former interim executive director Lona Johns, and West Point mayor Kenneth Kilgo, who was a member of the board at the time, as individuals for allegedly making false statements about him at the March 8 meeting.

A response to the lawsuit must be filed within 21 days of the day it was received. Lovelace said the response would be made within the required timeframe.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 135, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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