The Archer County Emergency Management Coordinator has been fired, but he has filed a lawsuit.
Kelly DeSautel was fired on March 9th. The reason for his termination is unknown. He held the position for seven years.
Newschannel 6 spoke with him over the phone to find out what happened and he said it started in February. He said it started when he presented a floodplain ordinance to commissioners, However, according to DeSautel, County Judge Randall Jackson said that he was supposed to see it first before it was presented to the commissioners.
DeSautel said the county judge gave him an ultimatum to either resign or be terminated.
Newschannel 6 reached out to County Judge Jackson to get his side of the story, but he said he could not comment on the situation.
Since the position is vacant some people are concerned. This includes Archer County Sheriff Staci Beesinger. However, she said the county judge will take on the position until it is filled. She does not know when that will be.
Sheriff Beesinger said even though the position is vacant, emergency responders will still respond like they always do. It is their job and they are trained to do it.
However, Archer County isn't small. It covers six cities including, Archer City, Holliday, Windthorst, Scotland, Lakeside City, and Megargel.
Newschannel 6 reached out to emergency responders and city officials from all those places to see how they will come when an emergency happens, but they haven't returned our calls.
DeSautel wasn't just the emergency management coordinator for Archer County. He was also the flood coordinator, the county veteran's officer, the safety officer and the on-site sewage facilities director.