Forney, TX – The police chief of Forney was fired on Friday, one month after he filed a grievance against the city manager for fostering an improper and hostile work environment.
Now-former Forney Police Chief Mica Lunt filed a complaint in February about Forney City Manager Anthony “Tony” Carson for his behavior during a recent winter storm, in Forney reported.
Then-Chief Lunt accused Carson of a pattern of hostile working conditions that were corroborated by other current and former employees, including people who had worked for Carson in his previous places of employment.
On March 25, Chief Lunt was placed on administrative leave by the police department, in Forney reported.
Forney Police Deputy Chief Todd Eudy was appointed acting chief of police the same day.
Neither Carson nor City of Forney Social Media Specialist Zach Smith responded to media requests for confirmation that Chief Lunt had been placed on leave.
Carson has previously cited an inability to discuss personnel issues, according to in Forney.
The city manager sent out an email to the police department on March 26 announcing that Chief Lunt had been terminated.
Carson said Acting Chief Eudy would continue to run the department, in Forney reported.
The mayor of Forney went on the record accusing the city manager of retaliation against former Chief Lunt.
“I’m disappointed and saddened by such a retaliatory choice made by City Manager Tony Carson to further hurt and destroy our city in actions to terminate Chief Lunt,” Forney Mayor Mary Penn told in Forney.
A petition that called for a state investigation to “end corruption” and “rehire Forney Police Chief Lunt” on Change.org had more than 800 signatures on Tuesday afternoon.
“The Forney City Manager, along with the assistance of four Forney Council Members, continues to abuse power, terrorize law enforcement, bully emergency services, neglect the wants and needs of Forney citizens, undercut local government officials and further corruption within the City of Forney,” the petition read.
“The people want to the State of Texas to open an investigation on the actions listed above,” the petition continued. “Additionally, the people want the City Manager and those who have assisted in his corruption to be removed from power.”
“Finally, the people want to have the Forney Police Chief Mica Lunt reinstated. We stand by Chief Mica Lunt,” the petition read.