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Officials hope to appoint new Monroe sheriff by December
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Despite a plea to the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission on Thursday, a judge's decision to remove Randy White as Monroe County sheriff will stand.

White beat former sheriff Bill Bivens in the August election, despite a POST ruling after early voting started that White didn't have the minimum three years of law enforcement employment required for the job.

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Bivens challenged the election, and a judge ruled last week that White should be removed from the office.

White's attorney made a presentation to the POST Commisison in Nashville, explaining how the situation unfolded, but commissioners would not waive the three-year requirement for the job.

So what's next?

According to Jerome Melson, the Monroe County attorney, he is waiting to receive application forms for the sheriffs position from the POST commission. He hopes to have those by Tuesday night's county commission meeting, when commissioners will set the guidelines for appointing a sheriff.

A public notice will be put in the newspaper about the process, and people interested in the position can apply. The POST commission told White he can apply if he can provide more evidence that he he has the required experience for the job.

The POST commission will review the applicants to make sure the candidates qualify, and then send that information to commissioners, who will make the final decision.

Melson estimates the entire process could take several weeks, and hopes a sheriff could be appointed in December. An appointment must be made by February. Chief Deputy Tommy Jones will continue serving as sheriff until an appointment is made.

The appointed sheriff will serve until the next general election, in August 2016.


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