FORNEY, Texas — UPDATE [Mar. 26] — Forney Police Department Chief Mica Lunt, after being placed on administrative leave yesterday, has been terminated, inForney.com confirmed.
Deputy Chief Todd Eudy was named acting chief after Lunt was placed on administrative leave yesterday. In a departmental email announcing Lunt's termination today, Carson confirmed Eudy would continue in that role.
The City of Forney did not respond to our request for comment yesterday.
The termination comes just over a month after Lunt filed a grievance against City Manager Anthony "Tony" Carson alleging a pattern of improper and hostile working conditions — allegations a number of current and former employees, including from previous cities where Carson worked, have come forward and corroborated. Carson, in our previous coverage of the grievance, said he could not comment due to it being a personnel matter.
"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 inForney.com.
ORIGINAL [Mar. 25] — Forney Police Department Chief Mica Lunt has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, inForney.com has confirmed.
The decision comes approximately a month after Lunt filed a grievance against Forney City Manager Anthony "Tony" Carson alleging Carson's behavior during a winter storm earlier this year are part of a pattern of improper and hostile working conditions which Carson allegedly fosters.
Sources however, were unable to confirm why Lunt was placed on leave, citing personnel matters they were unable to discuss.
City Manager Carson nor City of Forney Social Media Specialist Zach Smith responded to our request Thursday morning for comment and additional information.
This is a developing story.