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Turner Fired From State Probation Job

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After barely escaping official censure in May from his colleagues on the Charlotte City Council, stemming from an investigation into whether he had sexually harassed city staffers, Warren Turner on Monday was fired from his job as a probation officer with the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Secretary of Correction Alvin Keller said in a statement that Turner was fired because “he did not follow directives from his chain of command, which resulted in his dismissal for unacceptable (personal) conduct.”

“No information was discovered indicating that Turner engaged in inappropriate speech or conduct with female offenders,” Keller said.

The DOC had been investigating Turner, a Democrat, in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations and amidst reports that in 2009 Turner had carried his state-issued gun to a Charlotte construction site and displayed it inappropriately. Witnesses alleged that Turner had claimed he was a code enforcement officer and had flashed his gun to laborers who were working at the site, which was located in Turner’s city council district.

Turner allegedly told the laborers to stop work on the building because they didn’t have a permit. The incident was reported to both city and county officials, but no action against Turner was taken at the time.

When DOC officials learned of the incident earlier this year, while Turner was simultaneously embroiled in allegations that he had harassed Charlotte city staffers, they began their own investigation and placed Turner on desk duty, took away his state-issued gun and restricted him from supervising probationers.

DOC officials declined to say whether that incident had any connection to Turner being fired. In May the city council voted 6-3 to not censure Turner, after the city had hired an attorney to investigate the sexual harassment complaints that had been made against Turner. That report concluded that Turner “likely directed sexually inappropriate comments” to female city staffers.

Turner, who has represented west Charlotte on the city council since 1993, has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing.  He could not be reached for comment regarding his dismissal from the N.C. DOC.

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