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Monroe Co. Commissioners to select interim sheriff

The Monroe County Commission is expected to appoint an interim sheriff Tuesday night, after several months of wrangling over should be the county's top cop.

Randy White beat out incumbent Bill Bivens in the August election by about 700 votes, despite a ruling by the POST Commission that he didn't have enough hours to qualify for the position.

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Days later, Bivens filed a lawsuit against White and the Monroe County Election Commission claiming White didn't qualify to hold the office, and a judge agreed, voiding the election.

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The POST Commission then reviewed the applications of those interested in being appointed as sheriff, and approved eight of them:

  • Bill Bivens, former sheriff
  • Bryan Graves, chief deputy under Bivens
  • Tommy Jones II, currently acting sheriff;
  • Charles Parris, who lost the Republican primary to White;
  • Lowell Russell, a former Tennessee Highway Patrol sergeant
  • Algie Roberson
  • Albert Medina
  • Scott Shapiro.

Randy White's new application for sheriff was again denied by the POST Commission.

The person commissioners appoint to be sheriff will hold the position until the August 2016 election.


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