Fiscal Court fired dispatcher charged with felony image


The Marshall County E-911 dispatcher who was arrested and charged with a felony yesterday was officially terminated today, according to a press release issued by the Marshall County Fiscal Court.

Marshall County Parks Director Britney Heath, who doubles as media contact for the fiscal court, said earlier today Tonya Clevidence received a certified intent to terminate letter from the Marshall County Fiscal Court based on violation of the administrative policy. She said Clevidence will have five days to appeal the termination with the fiscal court.

Heath noted the complaint of charges filed against Clevidence by Murray Police Department does not mention Clevidence having used information gained by working as a 911 dispatcher.

MC E-911 Chris Freeman said, “The individual choices and actions of this employee are not a reflection of Marshall County 911 and the tireless efforts of our telecommunicators to serve the people in our communities. There is a heightened expectation for those who work in a profession of public trust and we take that very seriously. We are committed to providing the highest standard of service and anything less will not be tolerated.”

Clevidence was arrested by officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center on Dec. 9 after the Murray Police Department issued a warrant of arrest charging her with theft of identity of another without consent, a Class D felony, and harassing communications, a Class B misdemeanor.

Murray Police Department Detective Angel Clere, according to a press release issued by her department, began an investigation in Oct. into two years of harassment of a Murray woman. That investigation, which included locating a number of IP addresses from which the “spoof” text messages and “fake social media account” activity originated, led to the arrest of 46-year-old Clevidence.