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DSS supervisor fired following DWI arrest

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -
A Pitt County child protective supervisor arrested by Washington police for DWI while she was "on call" has been fired.

It happened June 10.

A letter from Pitt County DSS Administrative Services says that Karma Warren was dismissed from her position following a review of all available information in the matter. The letter states that Warren reported her arrest on May 23, but failed to mention she was the On-Call Supervisor at the time it happened.

It also adds that Warren has the right to appeal the decision.

Police say they found her passed out behind the wheel and she blew more than 2 times the legal limit.

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9 On Your Side has obtained internal memos addressing Karma Warren’s employment status. 

A day after Warren's arrest for DWI, May 22, 2014, an administrative assistant/personnel technician sent out a memo. The memo addressed to all DSS employees was from Interim Director Earl Marett. It said Warren “will no longer be employed by this agency.”

10 days later, on June 2, 2014 another memo was sent out saying Warren has “returned to the agency.”
     
It’s a discrepancy employees asked 9 On Your Side to look into. The Human Resources Director told us, Warren didn’t have any change of statuses to report.

We took their questions to county administrators. Administrators declined to go on camera, citing this to be a personnel matter. They sent this statement:
     
“Generally speaking, the DSS Director is the only person with the authority to authorize an employment status change within DSS.  If, for example, a DSS employee tendered a resignation that was not accepted by the director, then there would be no change in employment status tracked by human resources.”

Sources tell us Marett refused to accept Warren's resignation and kept her on staff.
     
Over the phone, Marett admitted to not knowing the first memo was sent. He was out sick and says his employee sent the memo out prematurely. 

The county is looking into this “common practice” (sending out memos regarding employment status) and has discontinued it in the meantime.      
Still no word on Warren or if she was disciplined in any way.

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Washington Police arrest a Pitt County child protective supervisor for DWI and it happened while she was "on call." Police say they found her passed out behind the wheel. She blew more than 2 times the legal limit.

On May 21st at about 4 a.m. court records say Karma Warren was found passed out behind the wheel of her 2007 Hyundai.
     
It was parked in front of BB's Tavern in Washington.
     
Her warrant says she had difficulty staying awake, had problems rolling down the window and her breath emitted an odor of alcohol. She blew a .18 on her Breathalyzer test.

During the time the county was paying her a dollar an hour to be on call. However, it’s unknown if she was called on that night.
     
9 On Your Side spoke to Interim DSS Director Earl Marett about the company policy about what the on-call policy says.

“The on-call policy requires the employee to be available,” said Earl Marett, Interim DSS Director. “If they are not available and willfully abuse that policy, then disciplinary action can be taken.”

Marett couldn’t talk about specifics and couldn't say if Warren was disciplined. 

9 On Your Side reached out to Warren through her work and went by her house. We were unable to speak with her.

We checked on Warren's history in and out of the workplace, but didn't find anything. 
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