BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson has filed a $9.9 million lawsuit against the county for what he says is necessary funding to provide public safety in the county.
He released a statement on Monday to The Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/QoUJz1 ) saying that his office could not continue to adequately protect the county's residents with the current funding.
Anderson told county commissioners earlier this year that he was considering the legal action if funding was not increased for his department. The county commission voted to increase the property tax rate but did not include any new funding for the sheriff's department or the jail.
The lawsuit asks for money to hire new deputies and buy more cars and for salary increases for existing staff.