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Court hearing over Wetherington temporary protection order pushed back to May

March 14, 2017 GMT

A hearing to determine the fate of a temporary protection order filed against former Polk School District Superintendent Darrell Wetherington was pushed back to May this past week.

Wetherington and his estranged wife Jennifer Wetherington both showed up for the March 14 court appearance, but the attorney who is representing the former Superintendent in the case didn’t make it to the hearing.

Tallapoosa Circuit Superior Court Judge Michael Murphy ordered the hearing over the order was being moved up to May 9

He also ordered the temporary protection order remain in place until the upcoming hearing date.

Wetherington resigned earlier this month following the start of a personnel investigation in January and his suspension from his position in February following an incident with his estranged wife at Westside Elementary School on Feb. 17 that was reported by the Cedartown Police. He was not charged with any crime during that incident.

The former superintendent took over the job on Jan. 1, 2017, and held the position for less than three months before his suspension and resignation. The Polk County Board of Education voted to approve accepting his resignation along with an agreement that paid for the three months of his employment, or $33,998.85, to get out of the three-year contract he signed in July 2016, which would have totaled $450,000. The agreement won’t affect any retirement benefits that he has built up over the years.

The TPO still in effect alleges Wetherington was engaged in stalking activities leading up to the Westside incident.

Jennifer Wetherington claims he was also involved in an extramarital affair and since their split had “refused to stop contacting her.”

Divorce papers filed in February that cited the reason for the breakup of their marriage as irreconcilable differences.