BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson held true to his word Monday, filing a $9.9 million lawsuit against the county for what he has said is needed funding to provide public safety at the appropriate levels.
“It is with deep regret that I have to do this, but after a lot of consideration and soul searching, I feel I have no other choice,” Anderson said in a written statement released to media outlets Monday afternoon. “In 1998 as I was being sworn in as Sheriff, I took an oath to protect the citizens of this county. I take that oath very seriously and know that we cannot continue on the same path, and adequately protect our citizens, with the amount of funding we currently have.”
The release indicated no further interviews of any kind will be granted concerning this matter, under advisement of the attorney representing the sheriff in the lawsuit.