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Political discrimination alleged in tax commissioner’s office

         At least two employees of the Pickens Tax Commissioner have filed complaints alleging political discrimination led to them being demoted unfairly and harassed.

Tracy Chester, who ran for tax commissioner but failed to make the runoff, and Darlene Handy, the chief deputy tax commissioner, both filed complaints with the county government personnel office in March of this year, saying they have lost job responsibility after Chester announced she was running for office and Handy publicly supported her.

The complaints are filed against county government and Tax Commissioner Darrin Satterfield, who has publicly supported Daniel Reeves, another employee of the same office. Reeves is in the August 11 runoff against Amy Gibson.

The human resource complaints were filed as early as March, with additional updates made later, but as personnel issues are not available as public documents. 

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