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Nacarrato back on probation; Glasscock's vote breaks tie

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

Chairman John Glasscock broke a tie to return Human Resources Director Terry Nacarrato to probation at a Tuesday meeting of the Morgan County Commission.

When he did, a commissioner reminded Glasscock of his past.

Glasscock's vote gave District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark the edge he needed to rescind a motion the commission majority passed Oct. 3 to suspend the rest of Nacarrato's six-month probation, which started at the beginning of his employment in July.

District 4 Commissioner Stacy George and District 2 Commissioner Ken Livingston voted to remove the probation. District 3 Commissioner Kevin Murphy voted against it during the October meeting. Clark was absent.

George and Livingston remained faithful to their past action during a meeting Tuesday.

"He has not done anything unsatisfactory to put him on probation," said Livingston.

George revisited the past.

"He's (Nacarrato) not going to come in at 5 in the morning and e-mail the chairman naked e-mails," George said, referring to the former human resources director, Jack Underwood.

George said after the meeting that Tuesday's action was revenge.

"This wouldn't have happened if Terry had been like Jack," George said. "It's also retaliation against Terry because he went against discriminatory hiring by the sheriff. I just hope Terry doesn't quit, because that's what they want him to do now."

The county fired Underwood after a television reporter exposed him and Glasscock for sharing e-mails that showed naked women.

During the meeting, both Clark and Glasscock had kudos for Nacarrato, saying he is doing an excellent job.

George countered that if the two felt that way they would not be putting Nacarrato back on probation.

Clark said he took the action to be fair to all employees who have six-month probationary periods. Glasscock said after the meeting that he did not break the tie to retaliate against Nacarrato.

'Doing a great job'

"He's doing a great job, and I've never had any intentions of getting rid of him," Glasscock said. "I think it (restoring probation) is the right thing to do."

The controversy over Nacarrato's probation began after he would not agree with Sheriff Greg Bartlett hiring two people. At the time, Nacarrato said Glasscock sided with the sheriff concerning the hirings, which Nacarrato said were discriminatory.

Nacarrato sent letters to each commissioner informing them of the matter. That's when George and Livingston decided to suspend his probation.

Shortened period

Livingston had an item on the agenda to reduce the probation time.

His attempt to shorten the period to three months failed, with Glasscock breaking another tie to keep the six-month probation.

Livingston and George voted to shorten it to 90 days. Glasscock sided with Clark and Murphy to keep it the way it is.

Livingston said one part of the probation period is that if an employee transfers to another department, he still has to go through a six-month probation period.

Clark said he's for that procedure, too, because an employee who transfers might not get along with other employees in the new workplace.

Livingston quipped, "If you're going to fire somebody because they can't get along with others in the shop, it may be other people in the shop."

Nacarrato, who has a couple of months left in his probation period, said he will continue to do his work and abide by the law.

"I am going to do my job in the way that I'm trained and educated to do," said Nacarrato. "All of the employees will be able to come to me without fear of my not making choices based on what's right. I will follow state and federal laws and I will never sign off on any illegal hirings."

Federal law protects individuals who report illegal employment activities.

Nacarrato worked in human resources for Monsanto and other corporations. He did consulting and wrote a book on the subject. He has also taught human resource courses.

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