By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SALEM, W.Va. (AP) - Salem City Manager Joe Davis has been fired less than a month after he was suspended for writing a letter on behalf of a former city manager.

The Exponent Telegram (https://bit.ly/1I04k5n ) reports that Mayor Bobby Samples broke a 3-3 tie with a vote in favor of dismissing Davis. The decision came Tuesday night during a special council meeting.

Davis had been suspended with pay on Dec. 3 for writing a letter to a circuit judge supporting former City Manager David Mayle’s motion to finish a prison sentence under house arrest. Davis used his professional title in the letter.

On Dec. 15, the judge denied Mayle’s motion. Mayle is serving a one- to 10-year prison sentence for embezzling from the town.

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Information from: The Exponent Telegram, https://www.theet.com

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