HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A former Hinds County employee is suing the Board of Supervisors claiming race was the reason he was passed over for a promotion. Ricky Moore, a white male, filed the lawsuit in federal court Friday.
He served as the Assistant Director of Emergency Management for 20 years under Larry Fisher. When Fisher retired last year he recommended Moore for the position. Instead the Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted four to one to confirm Jimmie Lewis, an African American who served as the Director for Permit and Zoning. Supervisor George Smith, who was President of the Board of Supervisors at the time, said there is no truth to Moore's allegations.
"I had a lot of respect for the gentleman. Just because he was not hired, I still had a lot of respect. But to make these allegations, erroneous allegations, it makes me think differently," said Smith.
Supervisor Phil Fisher was the only vote for Moore to take over as EOC Director. He gave WLBT this quote, "When you bring someone in from a different department that has not been in the field for many years and you pass up somebody who has been in the EOC field and is well respected, I think it tells everyone else working in the county you don't have much of a chance."
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