Former Knox County Leaders Working in Old Offices

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- At least three former Knox County officeholders are now working as employees in the departments they had headed.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports in this morning's editions that the offices of sheriff, trustee and register of deeds are being run by the chief deputies in those departments and have hired their former bosses.

The county offices were vacated after News Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy and nine citizens sued. They claimed the County Commission violated the state Sunshine Law by deciding in private who would replace term-limited officials.

Those officials had to leave after a January ruling in which the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld term limits adopted by voters.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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