First Posted: 1/15/2009
Staff and wire report
LUMBERTON - The state Court of Appeals has rejected the claim that Robeson County wrongfully fired its director of elections.
Pearlean Revels lost her job Sept. 13, 2002, three days after a problem-filled primary. She sued two months later, alleging that the Robeson County Board of Elections fired her illegally and asking for unspecified damages.
Revels was director from 1991 until she retired in June 2002. She was rehired in July 2002 with a one-year contract.
The Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Revels' last day at work was June 28, 2002. According to state law, only the state elections director had the authority to hire her or anyone else to take over after that. This was never done, the appeals court said.
The county Board of Elections was initially unaware Revels had retired when it voted in September 2002 to fire. Problems in the September 2002 primary elections forced the county to hold new elections for two races.
A superior court judge also ruled against Revels in October 2003.
Revels could not be reached for comment this morning.