published Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Hamilton County Commission turns down $275,000 increase for sheriff

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    Hamilton County Commission Chairman Larry Henry, center, works with other commissioners in this file photo.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Hamilton County commissioners have voted 7-1-1 not to approve a $275,000 increase for Sheriff Jim Hammond.

Seven commissioners voted against giving the sheriff extra funds to get him through June 30 in the black. Commissioners last year approved a similar $325,000 request from Hammond.

Employees and bills will still be paid from the sheriff's fund balance, though without legally required approval. The state comptroller's office confirmed Tuesday that this could result in an audit finding.

about Ansley Haman...

Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

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