By Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress
In a surprising move Monday morning Pontotoc County Chancery Court Clerk Gary Moorman fired four of the five deputy clerks that work directly under him.
“I did let four of them go,” Moorman confirmed in an interview Monday morning less than two hours after the women were told to clear their desks.
“A fifth one walked out with the others,” he said.
Moorman did not discuss why the firings took place saying he was not prepared to make any statements other than to say that he believed the decision he made was “for the good of the county.
“When I took office I took an oath and the last three words of that oath was ‘so help me God.’ I’ve prayed over this and I believe I made the best decision for the county,” Moorman said.
The five women, still reeling from the news, were gathered around a picnic table under the magnolia tree on the court square Monday morning.
The five deputy clerks are Cami Lipsey, Martha Foster, Mildred Fitzpatrick, Anita Tutor and Carla Purdon.
None of them had a comment for the press at the time.
Moorman said the day-to-day operations of the clerk’s office are being handled by people from other counties until he can fill the staff positions. He said he did not have anyone in mind to fill the positions.