19 June 2008

State Rebuffs Grievance from Fired History Director

Former longtime Archives and History Director Fred Armstrong plans to appeal to Kanawha Circuit Court after a hearing panel refused to review his November firing, The Charleston Gazette reports.

Armstrong's ouster made national news, given his reputation among historians, researchers, librarians and the like.

But having been an "at-will" employee, Armstrong "failed to show he was fired because he was attempting to uphold state law and 'substantial public policy,'" The Gazette quoted a grievance official as concluding.

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