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Fair Bluff officials stand behind decision not to suspend or fire town employee

The car that police say Billy Johnson crashed. The car that police say Billy Johnson crashed.

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WECT) - A long-time town employee in Fair Bluff recently admitted to drinking earlier in the evening prior to driving a town vehicle.

Police say Billy Johnson crashed the vehicle and then took off. Now, Johnson faces a charge of filing a false police report; however, Johnson is still on the job.

Still, Fair Bluff's own personnel policy appears to indicate that Johnson could have been suspended or fired for what's happened up to this point. Yet, Mayor Randy Britt says the town is standing behind Billy Johnson.

WECT.com obtained a copy of the town's policies Wednesday. Under disciplinary actions, it says an employee can be dismissed for falsifying town records.

Town Manager Al Leonard says he doesn't think that applies in this case, though.

Even though Johnson is charged with falsifying reports, Leonard says he thinks the policy is more relevant for town clerks or officers.

Leonard did say that he would consult with the town's attorney.

Mayor Britt says he has no plans to bring the incident up to council again, and other council members referred WECT to the mayor.

Johnson is due in court in March. WECT.com has been unable to reach him.

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