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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, Harmon wrote:

"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.

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