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Bonifay city employee fired

Mayor James Sims said he originally granted Paul a leave of absence for the duration of his...
Mayor James Sims said he originally granted Paul a leave of absence for the duration of his jail time, which was 18 months.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 10:14 PM CDT
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BONIFAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - In November 2019, 29 people were arrested after an investigation into local public officials involved in a kickback scheme including James Stacey Paul, who worked for public works in Bonifay.

Monday night, Bonifay City Council members fired Paul.

Mayor James Sims said he originally granted Paul a leave of absence for the duration of his jail time, which was 18 months. Sims told the council Monday night he had not read the personnel policy and procedures at the time he offered the leave.

The policy states that if a city employee is convicted of a felony or pleads guilty to a felony that he or she is immediately terminated. The city council voted to reverse the decision to place Paul on a leave of absence.

Paul pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced to a year and a half in prison and three years on supervised release.

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