Wake says fired video operator acted inappropriately

From staff reportsApril 20, 2012 

A Wake County contract video operator told county commissioners this week that she was fired from her job after trying to show angry crowd reaction in the official video of the panel’s vote supporting Amendment One.

Now, the county has responded to the complaint by Veda Renfrow by saying that she reacted to the commission vote by becoming enraged, using foul language and trying to take control of a camera to show crowd reaction. Among other changes, Amendment One would define marriage as occurring only between a man and a woman.

“I told Veda that she was out of line and for her to keep her personal feelings in check,” Tim Tuck, who works in Wake’s general services department, wrote in an email contained in Wake’s response. “Veda Renfrow replied with vulgar language that she did not care what I thought or about her job.”

Renfrow’s assignment for the Feb. 20 meeting was to run the character generator to provide captions and other material for the video of the meeting, according to Wake County documents. During this week’s meeting, Renfrow said she identified herself as a member of the gay, lesbian and transgendered community after the camera incident, which occurred at the board’s Feb. 20 meeting.

She suggested that she had been fired because she wanted to make sure there was video footage of the angry reaction by opponents to the amendment. Efforts to reach Renfrow on Friday were unsuccessful.

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