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Birmingham Housing Authority director reinstated under judge's order

Naomi Truman. Source: WBRC video Naomi Truman. Source: WBRC video

The former Birmingham Housing Authority has her job back after being fired Monday.

Naomi Truman was fired by the housing authority board earlier this week. According to court documents filed Friday, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Carole Smitherman reinstated Truman in a temporary restraining order.

Truman's attorney, U.W. Clemon, argues in the complaint that the board dismissed her without explanation while Truman's contract only allows termination "for cause," which could include a range of offenses such as incompetence, misconduct and mishandling of funds.

In written testimony, Truman claims that she doesn't know why the board voted to terminate her or that they were possibly considering the move.

The document states that she attended a Jan. 27 meeting and the issue of her employment was not on the agenda. At the end of the meeting, the board members went into executive session. When the regular session resumed, board member Marshall Jackson asked Truman about the parking lot at the Tom Brown Housing Complex.

The complaint states that once Truman had finished answering the questions, board member Raymond Brooks made a motion to terminate Truman. The vote carried.

A hearing on the issue is expected to be scheduled within the next 10 days.

Click here to read the full complaint.

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