With a court hearing imminent, Columbus’ sheriff, marshal and Municipal Court clerk abruptly dismissed a restraining order they got last year against former Municipal Court worker Joann Flantroy.
Testimony regarding the restraining order keeping the former Municipal Court deputy clerk 1,000 away from Municipal Court Clerk Vivian Creighton Bishop, Marshal Greg Countryman and Sheriff John Darr was to be heard today before Superior Court Judge Bill Rumer.
But in a notice hand-delivered Friday to Superior Court, those officials dismissed the restraining order on the condition that Flantroy not visit the Columbus Government Center’s eighth floor without being escorted by a deputy, said City Attorney Clifton Fay. The eighth floor is where Countryman and Bishop have their offices.
“We got an agreement from her attorney that she won’t go to the eighth floor without first contacting the sheriff’s office and getting an escort, and with that, they filed a dismissal today of the action,” Fay said Friday, “and hopefully things will stay quiet and stable.”
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Flantroy’s attorney is Mark Shelnutt.
In securing the restraining order last year from Rumer, the court clerk, marshal and sheriff said they feared Flantroy presented a threat not only to them but to workers in their offices. They claimed in court records that the former clerk made “numerous threats” to Bishop, and exhibited “hostile behavior” toward employees in the sheriff’s office.
In a Dec. 16 affidavit filed with the court, Bishop said: “As a result of Ms. Flantroy’s actions, I feel I must carry a stun gun and pepper spray with me at all times.”
According to court records, Flantroy was terminated as a municipal court deputy clerk June 1, 2008, and the city sent her a “cease and desist” order June 18, 2008, ordering her to quit lurking on the Government Center’s eighth floor, where Bishop and Countryman have their offices.
Yet she continued to do so, Countryman said in an affidavit: She stayed outside his office for two hours Dec. 12, though he refused to see her, he said.
Bishop said Flantroy has written letters to Columbus Council and to the state attorney general claiming mismanagement and misuse of funds in the Municipal Court Clerk’s office, accusations that the sheriff and an accounting firm have investigated and found groundless.
Flantroy said no one has investigated her claims, despite her persistent efforts.
Countryman in an affidavit said he has known Flantroy since 1988, and feels her dislike for him stems from his testifying against her during a personnel hearing on July 16, 2008.