The Tennessee Supreme Court appointed a special judge to hear a lawsuit filed against Monroe County sheriff-elect Randy White.
The chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against White and the election commission before the election after an announcement that White wasn't certified to be on the ballot.
The POST commission ruled that White didn't have enough full-time law enforcement experience to meet state requirements to run for sheriff, but they didn't find out until after the election commission certified him and early voting was underway.
White challenged sheriff Bill Bivens, who is a Democrat, and won the general election earlier this month.
Retired judge Don Ash will hear the case after the local judges recused themselves.
POST cannot prevent White from becoming sheriff.
Bivens says he plans to file his own lawsuit to try to keep his job.