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Council upholds firing of ecologist, case heads to court

Weber in the council meeting. Weber in the council meeting.

The case of fired Huntsville City ecologist Susan Weber is now headed to court and may end up in the hands of the feds.

The Huntsville City Council upheld Weber's firing Thursday.

Weber is accused of insubordination, and she was let go on November 15. She has been appealing her termination, and her supporters packed the city council chambers.

They said she was a rare and welcome source of environmental expertise, especially in overseeing the city's Hayes Nature Preserve.

"Hayes is just going to hell, if you want my honest opinion, because she is not there to protect it. She was the protector.  She was the one who had the knowledge," said Jerry Green. 

"I think it's a huge mistake getting rid of her. I think it was a personality clash and she is the one that should not be the one to go," said Bob Goodwin.

Weber's lawyer said a lawsuit over her treatment is already pending and last week, a complaint was also filed with the Equal Employment Commission.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the city can't comment on her case because of the pending lawsuit.   

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