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Elected officials prepare to sue

July 25, 2005

Sylvester- When the Worth County Board of Commissioners adopted their new budget earlier this month, all employees except for elected officials and those who work under them received three-percent raises.

The tax commissioner, probate judge, and sheriff have been at odds with the board since November when it published it's new personnel and polices manual.

Sheriff Freddie Tompkins says he's refusing to sign a contract that he says gives the commission too much authority over his department.

"I ran for sheriff, and I was elected sheriff, and I was elected by the people to run the sheriff's office, and if they wanted to be the sheriff they should have put their name on the ballot, and run for the office of the sheriff," says Tompkins.

Tompkins says he is in the process of hiring an attorney who will help guide him through the process of suing the county. County officials declined to comment on the matter.

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