Suspended Deputies Fired After Withdrawing Grievance Claims

Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS

At least one of the three Washington County deputies fired last week had the reason for her termination changed by the sheriff before she was officially fired.

Three Washington County deputies suspended with pay in April were fired last week, after withdrawing their grievance motions against the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Tim Helder initially fired Tiffaine Scott, Mercedes McReynolds and Brandy Shipley on April 17 following complaints from other jail employees that the women engaged in inappropriate sexual conversations, said George Butler, county attorney. After filing paperwork to receive a grievance hearing, their employment status was changed to “suspended with pay,” Butler said.

The last of the deputies’ grievance hearings was set for May 3. The deputies withdrew from the hearings, after which they were fired, according to the Washington County Human Resources office.

Jim Rose III, a Fayetteville attorney representing Scott, sent a letter to 5NEWS on May 10 stating…

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