Jeff controller claims she was fired for not having 'the mayor's back'
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Jeffersonville's former city controller claims
she was fired because she "didn't have the Mayor's back."
Monica Harmon said she wanted to set the record straight after
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore abruptly fired her from her post as city
controller and financial director in early March.
In an email to some of her former city coworkers days after she was let go,
"I was working to provide the city with responsible and fiscally
prudent business accounting practices which would be cost effective, comply
with State Board of Accounts and save the city money. I made every effort to
comply with city ordinances, state and federal laws and just good business
ethics. At times this ran contrary to the desired objectives of the
administration. It is because I stood my ground that I apparently did not have
the Mayor's support and those close to him who would see me as a problem for
his hoped for continued political success."
City Attorney Les Merkley said Mayor Moore wouldn't comment on the email
because it's a personnel matter. The day of Harmon's firing, Merkley said
Harmon's dismissal had nothing to do with an investigation into Mayor Moore's
use of a city credit card.
Moore denied wrongdoing and was cleared by the Jeffersonville City Council in
January. The council did pass the matter onto the Board of Accounts, one of the
groups Harmon said she was attempting to work with when she was let go.