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September 24, 2003

Albany-- The fight between the sheriff and the Dougherty County Commission is costing you more money. Even though a judge ruled in favor of the sheriff, the county commission now plans to appeal.

The sheriff sued the commission for cutting his budget $300,000 and eliminating six jobs in his department. A judge ruled Tuesday that the commission does not have the authority to do that, because the sheriff is a constitutional officer.

Even so, commissioners plan to appeal. "We believe the Judge was in error when he took this out of the hands of jurors. Twelve Dougherty County jurors deserve to hear both sides of this case," said Frank Jenkins, County Counsel.

It will now be at least six months before a decision is made. Taxpayers are paying the legal costs of both sides.

posted at 5:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com