Sullivan County Interim Highway Commissioner's job in jeopardy

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Bobbie Manning, Sullivan County Interim Highway Commissioner Bobbie Manning, Sullivan County Interim Highway Commissioner
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - Big questions tonight about the future of a top county employee's job, Sullivan county's Interim Highway Commission is Bobbie Manning.
Manning was hand picked for the post until voters get to decide the permanent road boss in the upcoming election. Manning made news last week when he abruptly slashed department jobs which he says to save money.

But Manning's job is now in question because he so far hasn't been able to meet a key qualification. He hasn't been able to obtain a bond, which is basically insurance. It's mandatory that elected county officials meet the qualifications set by bonding companies.
Usually it's easy enough to obtain
But that's not been the case for Interim Highway Commissioner Bobbie Manning.
After a lengthy closed door meeting with the mayor and county attorney, Manning left the courthouse in Blountville on Tuesday, as the Interim Highway Commissioner of Sullivan county, despite not having a bond.
"I am certified and qualified to run this department. And i look forward to running this department. I just haven't got the bond yet," said Manning.
The bond is essentially a $100,000 insurance policy. The reasons can vary on why someone could be denied. They range from bad credit to a criminal record. Manning says neither is true.
"If someone wanted to make those accusations I would hope that they would have proof of that," said Manning
The county attorney and mayor both said they don't know why either.
"Everybody ultimately comes through with the bond. Bobbie hasn't," said Sullivan County Mayor, Dan Street.
Without the bond, Manning is in a legal limbo. But that didn't stop him him from making bold moves.

Last week, he eliminated seven highway department jobs. Angry laid off employees have vowed a legal fight
Street says he's not aware of another instance in which a county official could get bonded.

But Manning may have hope. Late Tuesday, fifth time seemed to be the charm.

A bond company agreed to cover him but with a staggering premium of $9,000.
Manning says he'll cover that cost himself.
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