Trouble at the Covington County Probate Office

Gunter and Phillips
Gunter and Phillips

Patricia Gunter still can't believe it saying, "You've got to be kidding me."

Fired 3 months ago, Gunter still maintains she did nothing wrong when she forwarded a garnishment letter to the county personnel office.

The envelope containing the letter was not specifically addressed to Probate Judge Sherrie Phillips but instead it was addressed to "judge of probate".

At the county courthouse, Judge Phillips says she has no regrets.

She still insists she's right.

Phillips says, "

The county commission is defending Gunter, even reinstated her to her full pay of around $35,000 a year, but not as chief clerk.

Right now she's doing clerical work in the county commission building.

Greg White, the Covington County Commission Chairman says, "There is a dispute over the law. The judge believes she has the right to fire her clerk at will."

The debate is far from over. The county commission has filed a lawsuit, challenging the probate judge's claims.

For now both sides are waiting on the Alabama Supreme Court to appoint a judge to hear the case.

There is no word when that might be.

Judge Phillips says that if she loses, she will appeal.

All three Covington County circuit judges have recused themselves from the case.

Reporter: Bryan Henry