FIRST ON 3: Fired 911 operator suspended earlier this year

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Submitted: Wed, 05/15/2013 - 3:36am
Updated: Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:16pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 911 operator fired last week days after she handled a call during which a man was stabbed to death had been suspended earlier this year.

A public records request by WWAY shows New Hanover County suspended Letha Anderson Jan. 24 for disciplinary reasons. The county did not specify what led to the suspension.

The records show Anderson, 40, was suspended May 6, which was four days after she took a call from 503 Night Hawk Drive. During the incident a female caller said her brother was suicidal and later stabbed their father. Corey Eugene Roberts, 20, has been charged with murdering his father Christopher Eugene Roberts, 52. During the call Anderson raised her voice and cut the caller off multiple times.

The county fired Anderson Thursday. The county will not yet say why it chose to terminate Anderson, who started working for New Hanover County in June 1997, because she is within the window to appeal her dismissal. According to county policy, she has five business days to appeal.


  • PublicAvenger says:

    Appeal ?
    Appeal, to who ? The “Administrators” who fired you.

  • Vog46 says:

    Be careful here. They have an appeal process. The last time someone appealed it cost the County $129,000.

    The County is terrible in all things related to HR.


  • Windy says:

    May I suggest to the operator that she not run her mouth incessantly and cut off the “administrators” in the same manner in which she has treated the public, should she decide to appeal her rightful termination.

  • TheNoseKnows says:

    Probably so. And she might just have a chance at getting reinstated. Recall last years incident at WB where the POLICE CHIEF fired three officers only to have the town manager emasculate him in front of the town, local news crews, God, and all of creation by reinstating them. Well, factually one was allowed to resign in place of termination. There is a whole other book of reality for civil servants and bureaucrats.

  • Guest Reply says:

    Her Labor Attorney would appeal. If she hires one that is.

  • windy says:

    Clearly she had been disciplined before and failed to heed previous warnings. Sounds like she brought her termination upon herself.

  • TheNoseKnows says:

    Not saying it is right by any means, just that the odds are in favor of the civil servant – especially a tenured one. The aforementioned WB incident involved two officers knowingly leaving their jurisdiction and their town unprotected while they went to play rambo in Wilmington. One went on to post a long nasty rant regarding the firings on social media which led to the news stations getting wind of it. Then WWAY released a dash cam video where those same 2 officers were previously involved in an incident that lead to a brutality complaint/settlement. They still got their jobs back, even though the head honcho had let them go with good reason. The non-unioned private sector doesn’t have the same “employment protections” as public works.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    It cost the County TAXPAYERS $129,000.00.

    Before anyone reminds me that the County insurance paid “most” of that settlement, I am aware of that. However, my point is, the County would have no money if we did not “give” it to them. So, in theory, the taxpayers are the ones who pay when the County is found to be at fault.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Vog46 says:

    I thought, but could be mistaken that they had insurance to partially cover this.
    OF course ALL the money they get is from us – some of which I gladly give them. Its just that this person may have a case against the county and it’s enforcement of policies.
    Is she appeals and wins a monetary reward, perhaps we should take it out of Woody Whites hide…


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