Tommy Marrow accepted his new position as manager of Butner on Jan.11, 2008. His salary is $ 105,000 per year which equates to a annual increase of 20,000 over his reported salary as manager of Oxford. The Butner Town Council allowed Mr. Marrow to reside in Oxford while he is manager of Butner. Typically town managers live within the town they manage.
Iglesias v. Wolford et al – Case infomation
|Plaintiff:||Sharon B. Iglesias|
|Defendant:||John Wolford, Thomas Marrow, Don Jenkins and City of Oxford, North Carolina|
|Filed:||November 8, 2007|
|Court:||North Carolina Eastern District Court|
|Office:||Western Division Office|
|Presiding Judge:||Judge James C. Dever III|
|Nature of Suit:||Civil Rights – Employment|
|Cause:||42:1983 Civil Rights (Employment Discrimination)|
|Jury Demanded By:||Plaintiff|
You can read the full docket sheet here .
Updated 030908 with opinion and note; Herald Sun article, Denial of jobless benefits a blow to fired police aide “Iglesias still has a suit active in U.S. District Court in Raleigh, claiming city officials violated her civil and First Amendment rights”.
Judge Sets Deadlines in Oxford Lawsuit
By William West The Herald Sun
OXFORD — A federal trial is possible next year in the lawsuit by an ex-Oxford police administrative aide who claims she was wrongly fired more than two years ago, court records show. Sharon Iglesias is accusing Chief John Wolford, former City Manager Tommy Marrow, current city human resources chief Don Jenkins and the city government of conspiring to terminate her in late January 2006, after she alleged the chief took money from an undercover drug-purchasing fund.U.S. District Judge James Dever III has signed an order setting deadlines.The judge said reports from retained experts are due June 30, that reports from rebuttal experts are due July 30 and that the pre-trial gathering of information shall be completed by Oct. 15.And the judge set a Dec. 15 deadline for motions from either side if they believe the evidence is so compelling that he should rule in their favor without a jury.Although the judge said a trial date would be set in a later order, an earlier written report to the court by the attorneys for both sides said, “This case should be ready for trial by April 1, 2009,” and is expected to take approximately three to four days to try.Iglesias attorney Charles Monteith declined comment, while defense attorneys Robin Davis and Norwood Blanchard could not be reached late last week.Iglesias originally filed the suit in August in Granville County Superior Court in Oxford. In November, the suit was transferred to federal court in Raleigh.The updated suit repeated her highly detailed accusations in state court, but additionally alleged the city and the accused officials violated her First Amendment right to freedom of speech.Iglesias, in the suit, accuses Wolford of taking money from the Drug and Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Fund for personal use on at least eight occasions from November 2001 to May 2004.
Iglesias claimed that on April 15, 2003, she saw Wolford arguing at length over the phone with a female about $400 worth of car repairs.
Iglesias claimed Wolford took $400 from the fund, with the action happening within a month of Wolford’s then-wife, Paula Susan Wolford, being in a car accident.
The defendants admitted that the chief took $400 for use in an investigation and deny that the withdrawal violated police policy, but they did not provide additional information about how the money was spent.
The defendants also admitted Wolford’s then-spouse was involved in an automobile accident, but they said they did not know exactly when the wreck occurred.
District Attorney Sam Currin told WRAL in January 2006 that there was no need for him to conduct a probe because Wolford was using the undercover fund to pay an informant as part of Wolford’s own probe of a police officer. Wolford has maintained such secrecy was necessary because he did not want anyone to know he was investigating “bad cops.” The city and the chief, however, agreed City Hall would instead control the fund.
Iglesias is demanding an unspecified amount of money damages, plus an immediate reinstatement to her position with all back pay and other benefits.
And she is calling for an order prohibiting the defendants from threatening, harassing or discriminating against her or against any potential witnesses for participating in the suit.
The defendants denied all other allegations of wrongdoing.
Oxford Police Department had been subject of bad news in past
by William West The Herald Sun
OXFORD — Ex-Oxford police administrative aide Sharon Iglesias’ lawsuit against the city remains unresolved, but the dispute adds to the microfilms and scrapbooks of bad news clippings about local law enforcement.In May 1994, a federal court jury found William Royster, the Police Department’s former chief detective, guilty of having let a cocaine ring grease his palms in exchange for protection.Royster, 59, who is currently imprisoned at Butner, is not projected to be released until August 2015, federal corrections records show.Royster was convicted after a two-week trial in Wilmington in which drug-ring leader Patrick Sidney and other convicted leaders testified Royster accepted up to $100,000 from the late 1980s through the early 1990s in exchange for him tipping them off about informants and upcoming raids.Additionally, a Durham police officer testified Royster had put her life in danger while she was working undercover in Oxford.Royster, the 1988 local law officer of the year, announced his candidacy for Granville County sheriff shortly before Christmas 1993. He was arrested in February 1994.Royster’s attorney, before the August 1994 sentencing, had asked the court to take into account his client’s health problems, which included weighing 340 pounds and having had a leg amputation in 1973 after a motorcycle accident.Royster’s August 1994 sentencing resulted in fallout at the Oxford police station. Detective Teresa Benson and patrol officers Tommie King and Rufus Carter resigned, although no official reason was disclosed.Later that October, longtime City Manager Tom Ragland and Chief James Waugh announced their retirements.Waugh denied that his quitting had anything to do with allegations of behind-the-scenes calls to quit or face being fired. Then-Mayor Allie Ellington denied claims that city commissioners wanted Ragland to step aside.
Ragland was eventually replaced by then-assistant manager Tommy Marrow, whom Iglesias names as a co-defendant in her lawsuit against the city, current Chief John Wolford and current human resources leader Don Jenkins. Marrow earlier this month left to become manager of Butner, which became an incorporated town last fall.
Wolford, a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, was named Oxford’s police chief in 2000, replacing Iglesias’ retiring boss, Roger Paul. Wolford was the top cop in Chillicothe, Mo., located northeast of Kansas City.
Marrow and then-Mayor Hugh Currin Sr. praised the hiring.
What was not stated was Wolford having quit in June 1997 as police chief of Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, after less than three years in that position. Wolford had previously been the chief in Kinston, located southeast of Raleigh, before ending up the chief in Charlottesville.
In Charlottesville, Wolford was strongly criticized by several police sources for both an errant management style and low departmental morale, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Wolford contended that some officers who were comfortable in their jobs disliked being told to do things differently, while other officers disliked being shifted to perform other tasks.
“I stepped on some toes,” Wolford was quoted as saying at the time.
In Oxford, Wolford’s department would be rocked by the Warren Hicks fiasco.
From 2003-04, Hicks, when he was a police evidence technician, stole $12,000. Hicks even took about $1,200 from Special Olympics, which he had served as a fundraiser.
Hicks made full restitution and an emotional statement in court in September 2004, citing a past addiction to pain medication. He received five to six years, suspended, with three years of probation, plus a $1,000 fine and court costs.
Iglesias, in her suit, claimed that when the State Bureau of Investigation began questioning Hicks, she told both the city’s auditor and the SBI that she believed Wolford was wrongly taking funds from the police undercover drug-purchasing fund.
However, rumblings were not confined to the Oxford Police Department in 2004.
A major shake happened earlier that July, as ex-Granville sheriff’s aide Pat Gresham received a state prison sentence for embezzlement.
Gresham had been in charge of bank deposits of income from snack vending machines and pay telephones at the sheriff’s office and jail. A psychiatric report suggested her theft could be blamed on bipolar disorder, according to news accounts.
Gresham, in a civil suit, was ordered to pay the county nearly $140,000. The county reportedly recovered and sold three vehicles, took a couple of four-wheel recreational vehicles and reached a $17,500 settlement with BB&T.
Gresham, 56, could be released early next month, state corrections records show.