HR Strange But True!
February 21, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes, it can get downright weird...

Just as mysteriously as he disappeared, a sheriff's deputy in Williamson County, Tenn., showed up at his parents' home recently, looking disheveled and unshaven after going missing for 16 days.

Neither the deputy, 36-year-old Michael Shaddy, nor his family would tell county officials where he'd been. But that didn't stop them from firing him. They're also threatening to send him a bill for the tens of thousands of dollars in personnel hours it took to search for him, according to the Tennessean newspaper.

"The fact that his parents refused to communicate with us was just weird," Williamson County Sheriff Bill LeCates said. That influenced his decision to fire Shaddy.

Shaddy, described by friends and family members as someone who could always be depended on, had been the subject of a 14-day nationwide hunt involving air and ground searches by private citizens and several law enforcement agencies.

He had left his hometown of Franklin on Jan. 31, after telling his roommate, fellow deputy Joe Burns, that he was driving to Fayetteville for his father's retirement party. He had worked the evening shift on Wednesday, Jan. 30, and was scheduled to return to work in Franklin that Saturday. He never showed up, and the searches ensued.

"He abandoned his post, the people of this county and his fellow officers," the sheriff said. "He threw it all away."

Source: The Tennessean

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