promotion. In or around 1993 or 1994, Allen was subpoenaed to testify against
Loggains in a lawsuit involving allegations of fraud and wrongful eviction of a
Housing Authority tenant. In the wake of that incident, the relationship between
Allen and Loggains deteriorated even farther. By February of 1997, Loggains and
Allen were speaking to one another only when absolutely necessary.
On or about February 5, 1997, Loggains terminated Allen.
On March 7, 1997, Allen received a letter, dated March 5, from the Housing
Authority Board of Commissioners (“the Board”) stating that, although the Board
believed the termination was appropriate, they were reinstating Allen with back pay
and benefits because they believed that the personnel policies governing the
termination were outdated and in need of revision. The letter further advised Allen
to report to work on March 12, 1997.
On March 11, 1997, Allen circulated a petition among the Housing Authority
tenants. The petition stated: “We the tenants of the Pocahontas Housing Authority,
without prejudice or a biased opinion, feel the Executive Director (Carolyn Loggains)
of the Housing Authority, does, with malice, treat the tenants with a disrespectful and
One of the tenants, Clark Evans, attempted to take the petition to the Housing
Authority office, but asserted that Allen stopped him. Evans called the police.
According to the police report, Evans complained that Allen “keeps comming [sic]
by his apt. trying to get him to sign a petition to get his landlord fired. States that