Knox Co. Criminal Court Clerk's office employee fired

Knox Co. Criminal Court Clerk's office employee fired, computer seized

Joshua Ryan Fettig (source: Knoxville Public Building Authority) Joshua Ryan Fettig (source: Knoxville Public Building Authority)

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Problems continue in the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's office as department head Joy McCroskey says she was forced to fire a clerk.

6 News has been following the ongoing investigation into the office of Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey. Those alleged problems include claims that incorrect data had been entered into the court computer system, leading to warrants issued by mistake and people wrongly arrested. According to personnel files, since October, two clerks were fired for allegedly failing to perform their job duties.

According to records, the most recent firing was over "inappropriate actions and behaviors at work."

Joshua Fettig's access card to the City County Building was deactivated by Joy McCroskey on January 10, the same date authorities confiscated a computer from the fired clerk's office. The reasons for terminating Fettig are listed on his personnel file as "inappropriate actions and behaviors" according to the Knox County Law Director.

Fettig worked as a night clerk for the judicial commissioner's office.

"I hate to terminate someone but sometimes I have to. Fettig was terminated for misconduct while at work. He violated office rules," McCroskey told 6 News over the telephone.

McCroskey would not give any additional details.

A source tells 6 News the seizure of the computer was ordered by the Knoxville Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The Knoxville Police Department spokesperson says due to policy, he can't confirm nor deny any investigation by the ICAC Task Force.

6 News went by Fettig's home for a comment. A relative answered and said Joshua Fettig was not home. According to Fettig's Facebook page, he started working as a criminal court clerk employee at the City County Building in October 2012.

While the Knox County Information Technology department confirms the computer was confiscated by authorities and McCroskey has oversight of the office, McCroskey claims to have no knowledge that a computer was seized.

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