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Testimony wraps up in Monroe Co. Sheriff dispute
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Testimony wrapped up Tuesday in the lawsuit against Monroe County's new sheriff.

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Former sheriff Bill Bivens said he should take over the role, claiming current sheriff Randy White never met qualifications to run because he wasn't a full-time officer. Bivens also said votes cast for White were illegal and shouldn't be counted.

Both the defense and the prosecution wrapped up their cases Tuesday in a Madisonville courtroom.

The judge said he will issue his written opinion in two-to-four weeks.

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During Monday's motions hearing, police academy trainer Mark Hall, who's in charge of the investigation, said White never falsified records but wasn't a full-time officer. Hall said White's primary income came from Monroe County EMS. Records show White also worked for Vonore City Police Department for about three months, according to Hall. When White's attorneys asked Hall why he never interviewed coworkers, Hall replied he didn't want them to risk losing their jobs.

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Bivens also took the stand to chronicle the steps he took to inform the proper people that White wasn't qualified to hold his position.

The former sheriff said also he requested Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission to investigate. POST determined that White didn't meet the requirements to be sheriff. POST said he needed three years of full-time law enforcement experience as a certified law enforcement in the last 10 years to qualify for the position, but he didn't meet that requirement.


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