McClenny’s civil suit against city gets court date

Published 8:48 am Saturday, September 11, 2010

COURTLAND—Former Franklin police Sgt. Ronald McClenny’s civil claim against the city is scheduled for a Nov. 15 trial in a Franklin courtroom before a substitute judge.

The claim, filed in Southampton County General District Court in June, alleges McClenny’s service weapon, retired identification card and service award from the city are being unjustly withheld.

In court on Friday, a Southampton County General District Court judge granted a request from Franklin City Attorney Taylor Williams to move the case from Southampton County to Franklin.

McClenny objected to the move and said he has handled civil matters in Southampton County for decades to prevent any possible conflicts as a police officer in the city.

McClenny will be required to file a bill of particulars, in which he must state the basis of his claim and why he is entitled to it, with the court by Oct. 18.

The judge didn’t rule on another motion filed by Williams seeking to throw out McClenny’s subpoena for a business to provide records to the court about who purchased his service weapon.