Judge rules in favor of county, denies Crawford coroner’s request for ‘necessary’ equipment

ROBERTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A superior court judge is siding with Crawford County, and rejecting the county’s coroner’s request for equipment he says is necessary to do his job. 

Judge Tillman Self filed his ruling Monday telling Crawford County Coroner Allen O’Neal “this a frivolous action. (You) should not be in court.” 

O’Neal filed a lawsuit against the county saying commissioners did not provide him with equipment he needed to do his job. O’Neal wanted a “nice” office, a car, internet and fax equipment installed at his house, and a $50 per month expense allowance. 

According to Self, O’Neal did not present evidence to back up his claims. 

Self is also allowing the county to file an appeal to receive its attorneys’ fees from O’Neal since he is an elected official and the county had to pay for both legal fees which is somewhere around $40,000. 

“I can’t speak for the commissioners, but they may address what they’re going to do concerning the legal fees at Tuesday night’s commission meeting,” County manager Pat Kelly said.

O’Neal tells 41NBC just because he lost the ruling doesn’t mean he has go on a call with his personal vehicle. “I’m not going anymore,” O’Neal said. 

O’Neal says he also had to fire a deputy commissioner for going on a call in his personal vehicle calling it “insubordination.”

He tells 41NBC he’ll be at Tuesday night’s commission meeting. 

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