Retiring Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers is going to work for Walker County as sheriff’s deputy in the court services.
Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, who has been friends with Summers for more than 30 years, said he offered Summers the job in November. Wilson said he knew Summers wanted to stay in law enforcement even though he was retiring at the end of the year after 22 years as sheriff.
“We had a need for someone with his experience and background,” Wilson said. “I think he’ll complement us very well.”
Summers, who is eligible for retirement, will earn between $14.25 an $17 an hour.
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 ...