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Anders Votes for Officers, Thomas Doesnt

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Here is the issue:   Knox County Law Director Bud Armstrong has filed a lawsuit against the Knox County Pension Board and seven retired deputies over the definition of “salary.”   The pension board says that if 43 vacation days have been accumulated then they are to be paid upon retirement.  Armstrong says the vacation days are not to be included in the deputies’ pension.   The attorney for the Pension Board says the 43 days have to be included in our plan just as they are in every pension plan in Knox County.   Armstrong disagreed and sued the pension board and the 7 retired deputies.

Here’s what the Knox County Sheriff’s Office tried to do to help remedy the situation: Armstrong was asked to provide representation for the deputies.  He said no.  Sheriff Jones and Mayor Burchett then brought a resolution to the Knox County Commission Workshop on Monday asking that the deputies receive representation.   Armstrong argued that the retired deputies were just private citizens and were not entitled to representation

Despite all that, the meaning of “Back the Blue” was completely lost on five Knox County Commissioners during the Knox County Commission Workshop Monday.  Remember their names:  Bob Thomas (running for County Mayor), Ed Brantley, Carson Dailey, Evelyn Gill, and John Schoonmaker.

Those five commissioners said no to representation for seven retired deputies who are being sued by the Knox County Law Director, Bud Armstrong.  Armstrong has hired an attorney at county expense.  He hired his friend and treasurer of his election campaign, Keith Burroughs.

It must be noted that the deputies are not accused of any wrong doing.  They simply accepted an offer made to them by the Pension Board after years of service to the citizens of Knox County.

Remember these Knox County Commissioners because they understood the issue and voted for representation for the retirees: Brad Anders (running for County Mayor), Michele Carringer, Randy Smith, Hugh Nystrom, and Charles Busler.  Thank them when you see them for standing up for what is right.

As it stands now, the resolution was defeated and the retired deputies will have to pay for their own attorneys while Law Director Armstrong has his treasurer working for him and being paid by Knox County.

It is important that Knox County citizens and our officers know the truth.

 

 


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