Fucillo fired Law in January, and Taylor in February.
Perry and Taylor filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Fucillo and DHHR, contending they were disciplined for attempting to point out discrepancies in the bid process for the ad contract.
In an unsuccessful motion to dismiss that suit, DHHR attorneys claimed they lacked standing, since at the time, there had been no detrimental impact on their employment, job titles or salaries.
"It looks like they blew yet another hole in their defense," Walt Auvil, attorney representing Perry and Taylor, said Friday of Fucillo's decision to fire Perry.
"If they did something that was so horrible as to be terminated, why did they keep her on the payroll for almost a year?" Auvil asked.
Perry's firing could be seen as Fucillo's last hurrah, since Friday was his final day on the job as acting secretary.
Perry and Taylor's suit is set to go to trial in Kanawha Circuit Court next spring, but I still suspect that BRIM will be cutting some settlement checks between now and then.
Meanwhile, changes continue at DHHR: Marsha Dadisman, the department's communications director best known for frequently being incommunicado during times when Fucillo was in hot water, retired from state government on Friday.
Those close to the DHHR described her retirement as "unexpected."
Representatives from the Council of State Governments' Justice Center were at the Capitol last week for meetings with officials from the Tomblin administration, Supreme Court, Division of Corrections, and Regional Jail Authority regarding groundwork for implementing the Justice Reinvestment Act, passed by the Legislature in April.
Based on recommendations from Justice Center analysts, the law is intended to reduce severe overcrowding at state prisons and regional jails by reducing recidivism through mandatory post-release supervision for all released inmates, and expanded availability of substance abuse treatment and counseling programs.
Finally, working at the Capitol is always disconcerting this time of year, since one's workplace is also a tourist attraction. I understand people are on vacation and enjoying themselves, but do they have to flaunt it while some of us are here trying to work?