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Ripley fire chief under fire for EEOC complaint

(WMC-TV) - Ripley city board members met with their attorneys Tuesday morning to decide what to do next after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint was filed by a fire department lieutenant against the fire chief.

Ripley Fire Chief Felix Moore's first day back on the job was Monday. Moore is back after a two week suspension.

In late April, there were allegations of sexual harassment filed against him by a female lieutenant in the department.

"I don't know about the allegations. I don't believe them, don't believe the allegations," said Ripley resident Vernita Cooper.

Now, the woman making the allegations, Lt. Jacretia Morgan, has filed an official complaint against the City of Ripley to the EEOC.

A recent city investigation revealed that Chief Moore and Lt. Morgan's relationship was never physical. The chief did admit to inappropriate text messages and phone calls between the two.

"I don't have one comment on it, but he's always been nice to me. That's all I can say," said Ripley resident Ulondia Dewalt.

City officials could not comment on exactly what the messages between the chief and the lieutenant said.

Chief Moore, Lt. Morgan, or anyone inside city government could comment further because of the recent EEOC filing.

"I hope he can continue to stay at work. I hope it's a good outcome," said Cooper.

Ripley's city attorney tells Action News Five he is pretty much out of the picture now that the case has been turned over to the EEOC. He will end up being called as a witness in the case if it is pursued any further.

EEOC lawyers are now trying to figure out if there's enough evidence to move forward with the case.

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