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Former Wetzel County employee asserts her firing was over her campaign

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A former Wetzel County assessor's office employee asserts in a case recently removed to federal court that she was fired in retaliation for running for assessor.

Nita Jean King filed the suit July 9 in Wetzel County Circuit Court against the Wetzel County Commission and Wetzel County Assessor Scott Lemley.

The case was removed Aug. 7 to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.

King — who worked as a county commission secretary starting in 1991 and was appointed in 1998 as chief deputy reappraisal coordinator with the assessor's office — filed for candidacy in 2012, facing Lemley as an opponent in the primary.

Her suit asserts that after she filed for office, Lemley "constantly" questioned her about transactions she handled in her position.

King says in December, after Lemley was elected as Wetzel County assessor, she received notice that she would no longer work at the assessor's office.

She said she didn't receive reprimands or other disciplinary action but was fired Jan. 2.

The county commission and Lemley have not yet filed a response.