Latta could soon face a breach of contract lawsuit - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Latta could soon face a breach of contract lawsuit

LATTA, SC (WMBF) - A lawsuit could be filed against the Town of Latta for breach of contract by the man hired by the mayor to serve as Chief of Police. The city ended up re-hiring fired chief Crystal Moore, after Freddie Davis' contract was signed.

"I keep hoping the Town of Latta will have someone contact me so that we can try to settle it without filing a lawsuit," attorney Kevin Barth said. Kevin Barth is the Florence attorney representing Freddie Davis.

Davis was hired last month by Latta Mayor Earl Bullard to fill the town's vacant police chief position.

"That contract is binding. The mayor certainly in that type of organization has the authority to bind," Barth said.

Barth said he has reached out to the Town of Latta in hopes of settling the dispute over Freddie Davis' contract without going to court.

Latta Councilman Jarett Taylor said Barth got an answer regarding the contract dispute from the town's Mayor Pro Temp.

"I was told by another council member that Kevin Barth had gotten in touch with him over the phone and council's response was that Mr. Davis does not have a current position with the town of Latta and we thought in our opinion, council's opinion, that the contract was null and void," said Latta Councilman Jarett Taylor.

Davis was hired just days before a referendum changed the form of government for the town, taking administrative authority from the mayor and giving it to town council.

One day later, at a special meeting the town's former Police Chief, Crystal Moore, was put back on the job.

A letter was sent to Davis stating his services at police chief were no longer needed. Barth said that simply doesn't cut it.

"What they did is offered him a written contract signed by the mayor of the town - he signed it as well, and we think it's a binding legal contract," Barth said.

"We did what we thought was right, as council the town has told us what we did was right by them," Taylor said.

"Filing a lawsuit is always the very last thing we you want to do and so hopefully it won't come to that, but if it does we will file one," Barth said.

Davis' attorney said if and when the lawsuit is filed it will seek monetary damages.

Right now the Town of Latta does not have an attorney, he quit a little over a month ago.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Doctor sentenced for poisoning girlfriend who lost baby

    Doctor sentenced for poisoning girlfriend who lost baby

    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:59 AM EDT2018-05-20 07:59:32 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:59 AM EDT2018-05-20 07:59:32 GMT
    The man no longer has his medical license, and he could be deported to his birthplace of Pakistan. (Source: WJLA/Brooke Fiske/CNN)The man no longer has his medical license, and he could be deported to his birthplace of Pakistan. (Source: WJLA/Brooke Fiske/CNN)

    The man no longer has his medical license, and he could be deported to his birthplace of Pakistan.

    More >>

    The man no longer has his medical license, and he could be deported to his birthplace of Pakistan.

    More >>
  • breaking

    Sulfur dioxide emissions triple, 2 lava flows reach ocean

    Sulfur dioxide emissions triple, 2 lava flows reach ocean

    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:19:00 GMT

    Ongoing eruptions in Kilauea's east rift zone are triggering ongoing concerns.

    More >>

    Ongoing eruptions in Kilauea's east rift zone are triggering ongoing concerns.

    More >>
  • Scam Alert: 'Royal Name Game' could cost you royally

    Scam Alert: 'Royal Name Game' could cost you royally

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:32:48 GMT
    (file)(file)

    The Royal Wedding on Saturday has created a lot of social media buzz but one ‘game’ could cost you if you participated.

    More >>

    The Royal Wedding on Saturday has created a lot of social media buzz but one ‘game’ could cost you if you participated.

    More >>
  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

    Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:31 AM EDT2018-05-20 05:31:13 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:44 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:44:29 GMT
    (Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP). Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cou...(Alan Berner /The Seattle Times via AP). Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, WA., following a fatal cou...

    Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

    More >>

    Authorities say the cougar believed responsible for the attack has been euthanized.

    More >>
  • 'Hope and healing': Texas town worships after school attack

    'Hope and healing': Texas town worships after school attack

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:43 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:43:18 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>
  • Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

    Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

    Sunday, May 20 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-05-20 18:11:29 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 3:42 PM EDT2018-05-20 19:42:09 GMT
    Trump referred to some who cross the border illegally as "animals," not people. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Trump referred to some who cross the border illegally as "animals," not people. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Donald Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes, and whether any demands or requests came...

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes, and whether any demands or requests came from the Obama administration.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly