The Bradley County Sheriff’s office said today Eric Watson resigned because he couldn’t balance both his position with the county and the legislature.
“Serving as deputy sheriff requires the dedication and full attention to the job,” Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Gault said in a news release. “Past administrations have had some difficulty in arranging a proper work schedule since Captain Watson became a member of the legislature.”
Watson, who was promoted to captain in 2010, was elected to the Tennessee House to represent District 22, which covers Meigs, Polk and part of Bradley counties.
Watson resigned on Monday, but he said in a written statement earlier today the reason was because he was going to run his father’s business.
Gault said in a written statement that the sheriff’s office found issues during the last legislative session.
“Due to his dual role as a deputy and state representative, we stressed the need to avoid even the appearance of improper conduct or “double-dipping,”. Gault said. “With some difficulty, we did reconcile his time while in legislature last session. We determined subsequently there were some issues that in the future would be irreconcilable.”
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Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...