Fired airport employee sues Airport Commission to get her job back

Fired airport employee sues Airport Commission to get her job back

Beth Tessmer, a nine-year employee who was promoted, suspended, and then fired in less than one year, filed a civil complaint on May 6 against the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission, asking a judge to order the Airport Commission to give her job back to her.

The complaint for declaratory judgement filed in Dukes County Superior Court asks the court to declare that the Airport Commission acted outside its authority by failing to follow grievance procedures established by the Dukes County Commission.

Attorney Ted Saulnier of Falmouth, retired Tisbury police chief, represents Ms. Tessmer. Mr. Saulnier asked the court to order the Airport Commission to reinstate Ms. Tessmer “without loss of compensation and award legal fees and all reasonable costs for this litigation to the plaintiff and all further remedies as this court deems just.”

In the complaint, Mr. Saulnier disputes the Airport Commission’s disciplinary procedure. He argued that the Airport Commission established an interim grievance procedure only after it disciplined Ms. Tessmer, and that the disciplinary hearings should have been handled by the Dukes County Commission, not the Airport Commission. Mr. Saulnier asked for a jury trial on all the applicable issues.

Airport commissioners insist that the airport and not the county commission is responsible for all airport matters. In a 13-page civil complaint dated May 1 filed in Dukes County Superior court, airport commission lawyers asked the court to prohibit the county officials from seeking to “unlawfully interfere with, and obstruct the functioning,” of the Airport Commission.


  1. Bam !!! Try to twist this one Sean. Maybe jack your son in the job you created ! can alter some tape for you. And so the king shall fall. ET TU BRUTE !!!

  2. The network below your crazy and disillusioned leadership is soon going to jump what little ship you have left. Way to go Beth. Sean had it out for you for a long time. As time goes by and more comes out, we shall all see the airport manger try to twist the truth and continue to convince his boses, the MVAC that the cool-aide tastes good. Time for the board members to look inside themselves and truly decide whether they made the right choice, stop agreeing with Sean and think for yourselves. It’s not too late to save face and home and let Sean go down with the ship he rode in on. He is a bully and nothing less. Enough is enough, save the airport from further lawsuits at taxpayers expense and run it like it should be run ! The potential income is unimaginable. Question what will Sean Flynns legacy be when he leaves ? Those close to airport operations will have very different answer then an outsider. His father got him the job. Maybe it’s time for TROOPER FLYNN to step in and retreat.