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City employee faces backlash after Facebook post

A city of Tupelo employee is facing backlash after a Facebook post regarding Mayor Jason Shelton not attending President Trump's rally.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 7:45 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2018 9:20 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A city of Tupelo employee is facing backlash after a Facebook post regarding Mayor Jason Shelton not attending President Trump's rally.

WTVA confirmed from several council members that Monday an email was sent to the council by Mayor Shelton in reference to a post from Community Outreach Director Marcus Gary.

Gary's post appeared to support the mayor for not attending the rally.

Councilman Buddy Palmer confirmed the email stated that Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis, the mayor, and Councilwoman Nettie Davis met with Gary about the post.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported the email said that Gary was counseled not to make inflammatory comments.

The newspaper reports Gary told city officials he understands his personal Facebook post can be seen as reflective of his city job and that he’ll be more mindful of any future posts.

The City of Tupelo says they do not have a social media policy.

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