Resigned or fired? Angelina Co. Veteran's Services Officer and county at odds

Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter
Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter
Former Angelina Co. Veteran Services Officer
Former Angelina Co. Veteran Services Officer

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – It's a case of he said... he said. Did the Angelina County Veteran's Services Officer resign during budget talks with the county judge? Or was it all a big misunderstanding?

Leamon Ligon had just finished meeting with an area veteran last Thursday... when a county commissioner stopped by his office with a message.

"Came to inform me they didn't want me there because they weren't going to pay me anymore," said Leamon Ligon, Former Angelina Co. Vets Services Officer.

Ligon was the Veteran's Services Officer for Angelina County.

"My estimation is they fired me," said Ligon.

The county has a very different take.

"I've never had this happen where somebody resigns and then they just keep working," said County Judge Wes Suiter.

Judge Suiter says he meets with all the elected officials and department heads for budget workshops. When Mr. Ligon came into discuss his department's budget, Judge Suiter says he tried to resign not once, but twice.

"The first time he got upset and resigned was over the office supplies, and the second time was over training," said Suiter.

The judge says he and the county auditor were simply trying to justify Ligon's requests.

"I talked him out of it the first time and the second time I warned him. I said, 'Lea, if you resign again, I'm going to have to accept it," said Suiter.

Ligon says he was just negotiating for a bigger budget, not quitting his job.

"Resignation? I didn't resign. You don't have any letter from me on resignation. And the last time I checked you had to have a letter for that," said Ligon.

Not so, says Judge Suiter. It's only a formality.

"This wasn't a personal thing against Mr. Ligon. I mean I can't make somebody come in and resign in the middle of a budget talk," said Suiter.

Ligon, a disabled vet himself, has championed the needs of Angelina County vets for eight years. Now, he has a message for them.

"Would like very much for the county and the veterans and citizens of Angelina County to understand I did not walk out on the veterans. I didn't quit on them," said Ligon.

The decision is final... Angelina County Commissioners voted last week to accept Ligon's resignation.

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