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Jackson Public Works employee fired after talking with reporter

A Jackson Public Works employee says he has been fired for talking with a reporter about the city's water problems. Jonathan Yaeger discussed his concerns about lead in drinking water. He also gave the reporter a piece of pipe joint that had been removed from the water distribution system.

Yaeger received a letter of termination March 23.  Public Works Director Kishia Powell says Yaeger's actions contributed to false information being provided to the citizens of Jackson and possibly created unwarranted public fear.

Powell also states in the letter Yaeger placed the Department of Public Works in a false light, which may be damaging to the reputation of the Department, its employees, and the City.

Yaeger has hired an attorney.

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