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Former opponents vie again for Monroe Co. sheriff job

The two men at the center of the debate over who will be the next Monroe County Sheriff will both apply for the job...again.

After submitting the applications to the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST), the Monroe County Commission will appoint the next sheriff.

White had defeated incumbent Bill Bivens in August, winning the general election by about 700 votes. Days after the election, Bivens filed a lawsuit against White and the Monroe County Election Commission, citing that White wasn't certified to be on the ballot.

According to the Monroe County Attorney, Jerome Melson, the presiding judge in that lawsuit found White was just 16 days shy of the three years experience requirement for the job.

"He'll likely try to convince POST that he has all the time the judge says he did, plus that extra 16 days he was missing," says Melson.

The POST commission has previously told White he can reapply if he can provide more evidence that he has the required experience.

The Monroe County Election commission confirmed that as of Wednesday afternoon, at least 13 people had picked up applications, and that White had been the first one in line.

Bryan Graves, Bivens' former chief deputy, has also thrown his name into the hat. In a release, he says he harbors no malice toward anyone.

"I am thankful to those who have helped me get to where I am today and I am sure that Monroe County will have a number of qualified prospects to choose from," said Graves. "Our county has been torn in the last six months, we need a leader that can unify us all again and move forward."

Candidates must have three years of full-time experience as certified law enforcement officers in the last 10 years to qualify to run.

POST will take applications until Nov. 13. The county commission will then appoint one of those applicants to hold the sheriff's office for the next 18 months, until the next election in August 2016.


McMinn - Monroe Businesses