The County Council found it within their rights this week to terminate the employment of Fire Chief, Ian Nelson. Council Chair, Ned Mecham explained Morgan County is an “at-will” employer and can terminate employment without cause.
Mecham said, “There doesn’t have to be any reason. It doesn’t mean he (Nelson) did anything wrong. We are an at-will employer and can terminate if we feel we need to go a different direction, or for any reason, or no reason.”
Due to a potential lawsuit against the County Council, Mecham expressed that was all that should be said at this point and all further discussion would come through the County Attorney.
The decision has been met with confusion in the community. Some feeling the decision was made behind closed doors, not allowing for open information to the public.
Updates will be made as information is made available.