Through a letter sent to Walker County Commission Chairman Billy Luster, the civil service board confirmed the firing of Adam Hadder by Sheriff John Mark Tirey.
“It is the order of the Walker County Civil Service Board that Deputy Adam Hadder used conduct unbecoming his official position as deputy sheriff; showed disrespect toward citizens of Walker County; used profane, vulgar, insolent and abusive language toward citizens of Walker County, exercised bad judgment in and about carrying out his duties as deputy sheriff and abused his authority as deputy sheriff. It is further ordered that the discharge of Deputy Adam Hadder by the Sheriff of Walker County was proper and justified in all respects,” the board said throughout the letter.
Tirey said the decision of the board speaks for itself.
“We have gone through the proper procedures,” he said. “The board heard all the evidence, and they ruled. I’m just glad this issue is now over.”
Hadder said he felt the hearing was a positive for him.
“We proved the allegations against me were false and were not investigated by the sheriff, even going as far as having him admit that I did no wrongdoing against one of my accusers, which forced him to totally dismiss that charge,” Hadder said.
The official vote of the civil service board was not included in the letter, which was signed by David Kelly, the board’s chairman.
After finding out the board’s decision, Hadder said he wasn’t surprised.
“If you get the vote total of the board members, you will see there were some for me and some against me, with Kelly, being strongly against me,” he said.
Hadder said he felt Kelly had personal involvement in one of the complaints against him.
“Kelly lives in Oakman right beside where the fighting pit bulls that I rescued were found,” Hadder said. “He knew about the incident from the night it happened, and even spoke to me in defense of Shawn Franks before I arrested him. Not only was I fighting a corrupt sheriff and corrupt local attorneys, I had to fight the chairman of the board. It was a non-winnable situation.
“The scummy local politics of Walker County have claimed their latest victim, and it’s hard for me to swallow, but I will move on for the time being,” Hadder added.
Kelly could not be reached by the Daily Mountain Eagle for comment as of press time Monday.
Hadder said he enjoyed his 15 years with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.
“I just want the people of Walker County to know that I have fought for them for the last 15 years to put drug dealers, thieves and other criminals behind bars,” he said. “I feel during that time I have made a difference in this county. I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you to all that have supported me over the years and especially to the ones who stood by me recently through this trying time.”