Anderson Co. sheriff to hire new deputies to staff new jail

Anderson Co. sheriff to hire new deputies to staff new jail under court agreement

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CLINTON (WATE) - Anderson County's mayor and sheriff have agreed to an interim order allowing additional officers and a coordinator to be hired to expand the county jail, pending the outcome of a lawsuit.

Under the agreement, Sheriff Paul White is allowed to hire 15 additional deputies and a coordinator for his "Alternatives to Incarceration" program.

The order allows the sheriff to begin hiring the new deputies in anticipation of opening the new jail.

Sheriff White filed a lawsuit last month against Mayor Terry Frank saying he needs funding to pay salaries for an additional 36 officers and a coordinator. Friday's agreement reduces that number to 21.

Mayor Frank says the additional salaries would impact next year's budget and require an eight-cent property tax increase.

Sheriff White says his request is only for the current budget year, and that the money has already been approved by county commission.

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