Union County Knox County newly appointed chief deputy east Tennessee Tennessee
Union County's newest top cop brings seven appointed positions to the office. 9-2-14
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00:00 Several counties across east Tennessee are preparing for new leadership
00:03 in law enforcement Munro Granger and union counties all have new
00:07 sheriffs and many newly appointed positions with in those sheriff's offices
00:12 WB IR ten news reporter -- ride was in -- county
00:15 today and spoke with several top cops. About newly imported workers
00:19 there. That's right Robin and John there are seven newly appointed
00:23 people working in the union county sheriff's office. I spoke with
00:26 Union County -- deliberating this afternoon he says he's following state
00:29 employment laws that allow him to pick and choose who works
00:33 in the sheriff's office. Pretty took office when the calendar flipped
00:36 over to September. He's worked in law enforcement for 22 years
00:39 spending the last team in Union County. He wouldn't go into
00:42 detail about how he selected -- seven appointees other than to
00:46 say he had certain people in Union County in mind. Well
00:51 Tennessee is that we'll -- and pictures bomb went off civil
00:55 service. The same on the list thing and -- Do the
01:00 job. Now to compare what's happening Union County to knocks county
01:05 there's only one job at some point in Knox County the
01:07 chief deputy. All other employees who work for Casey as so
01:11 for more than one year are protected by the mayor council
01:14 Robin and John. All right Darren thank you.
Several counties across East Tennessee are preparing for new leadership in law enforcement.
Monroe, Grainger, and Union counties all have new sheriffs and many newly appointed positions within those sheriffs' offices.
There are seven newly appointed people working in the Union County Sheriff's Office.
Union County Sheriff Billy Breeding said he's following state employment laws that allow him to pick and choose who works in the sheriff's office.
Breeding took office when the calendar flipped over to September. He's worked in law enforcement for 22 years, spending the last 10 in Union County.
He wouldn't go into detail about how he selected his seven appointees, other than to say he had serving the people of Union County in mind.
"Tennessee is an at-will employment state and at the sheriff's department, we're not civil service," said Breeding.
He says his goal is simple when hiring in the office.
"Assembling the best staff you can to do the job."
Comparing what's happened in Union County to Knox County, there's only one job that's appointed in Knox County, the chief deputy. All other employees who have worked for KCSO for more than one year are protected by the merit council.