A former Pickerington building inspector has the right to challenge his firing and city officials' allegations that he accessed pornography on his work computer.

A former Pickerington building inspector has the right to challenge his firing and city officials' allegations that he accessed pornography on his work computer.

The Pickerington Personnel Appeals Board on May 29 unanimously agreed the city of Pickerington has failed to prove Paul Lane, a former building inspector for the city, was an unclassified employee prior to his November 2009 termination.

The ruling means, in part, the city was unsuccessful in establishing Lane was a department director when he was fired by Pickerington Police Chief Mike Taylor, who at the time was Pickerington's acting city manager.

More importantly to Lane, the decision will allow him to come back before the Appeals Board to challenge the merits of his termination after a decade of employment with the city.

"I'm just very happy to have the opportunity to discuss the merits of my dismissal," said Lane, who took several minutes after the ruling to compose himself outside City Hall.

Attorneys for the city had no comment after the ruling.

Read the full story in the June 7 edition of ThisWeek.