Jasper attorney Thomas Carmichael said he presented Sheriff John Mark Tirey with a letter on Thursday, asking that Deputy Adam Hadder be terminated because he is a danger to the public. Carmichael represents Gerald Garrison in a suit filed against Hadder earlier this month.
Carmichael cited posts made by Hadder on the Daily Mountain Eagle Facebook page as evidence that he tried to intimidate and threaten Garrison and others.
In his letter to Tirey, Carmichael quotes a Facebook post from Hadder stating, “He’s lucky he’s still breathing.”
“This statement is referring to Mr. Garrison — [Mr. Garrison’s] lucky he is still breathing,” Carmichael said in the letter.
Carmichael said Monday that it was his understanding that Hadder was suspended by Tirey Monday morning.
“I certainly hope that the information provided to the sheriff on behalf of my client was helpful to him in formulating his suspension,” Carmichael said.
Tirey said he could not comment on the issue.
“I can’t confirm nor deny this information,” Tirey said when asked about the reported suspension. “I’m not able to comment on any ongoing investigation pertaining to personnel matters within the sheriff’s office until the investigation is complete.”
Carmichael’s letter to Tirey sets out several grounds for dismissal from the Walker County Civil Service Board’s rules and regulations. He said copies of the complaint letter were also sent to the civil service board and the Walker County Commission.