UPDATE: In a special called meeting, the Knox County Commission voted yes to direct the Knox County’s Law Director to dismiss the ongoing pension lawsuit. There’s still a hearing scheduled for Monday Oct. 29 in Chancery Court. Chancellor Weaver will be the one to determine what to do next.
County Mayor Glenn Jacobs called for a special commission meeting Thursday night to try and resolve the ongoing pension lawsuit after a disagreement between the Knox County’s Uniformed Officers Pension Plan (UOPP) and the Knox County Law Director, Bud Armstrong.
Ultimately, the county commissioners voted to direct Armstrong to dismiss the suit. There’s still a hearing scheduled for Monday in Chancery Court. Chancellor Weaver will be the one to determine what to do next.
The way Mayor Glenn Jacobs described the ongoing suit and disagreement is that for the past year, Knox County has been suing itself over the pension plans for several retired Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies and whether to include 43 days of unused accrued vacation in the cash payout by the pension board.
According to Jacobs, Thursday’s meeting could’ve been avoided and put to rest – had the topic been added to the Oct. 15 regular commission meeting agenda; however, it was voted down.
“This is the first time since ‘Black Wednesday’ that the commission voted not to add something to the agenda that was not a vote to determine if they were going to adopt this resolution… but simply a vote to discuss whether to even put it on the agenda,” Mayor Jacobs said.
The mayor called tonight’s meeting “critical” to stop spending taxpayer dollars, $650,000 of which has already been spent, on top of several individual retired sheriff’s deputies paying for their own counsel.
Jacobs’ settlement on the table, in his words, gets the county out of this lawsuit and gives those retirees the benefits they’ve earned.
A court hearing is still scheduled for Monday that will determine the next steps.