Merit board hearing delayed

Attorneys involved in The City of Oneonta vs. Blount County Merit Board suit asked Circuit Judge Steven King to postpone their Feb. 26 scheduled hearing before him. According to city attorney Alex Smith, county attorney Jeff Sherrer, who represents the merit board, had a conflict with the date.

Smith reported that in a conference call with King, Sherrer, John Saxon (attorney for Geneva Wall, dismissed Oneonta employee who has sought a hearing before the merit board), and him the parties agreed to the delay. Smith says King extended the temporary restraining order against the board’s hearing Wall’s appeal. Parties await a rescheduled date for the suspended hearing. (As of press time, neither Sherrer nor Saxon has responded to telephone messages.)