Last year, some government watchdog types went hard core over some allegedly missing Blount Co. Sheriff's Office vehicles. Now, Knox County Commission can't get a straight answer from the Sheriff's Office regarding take-home vehicles.
Every time something like this comes up I am puzzled by the supernatural powers granted (or taken by?) sheriff's departments in Tennessee. As I understand it, the only Constitutional duty of this Tennessee elected office is head jailer. Yet they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get elected and build permanent fiefdoms that wield more political clout than most county executives.
They are answerable to no one other than voters, who keep reelecting them because their house hasn't been robbed lately so the sheriff must be doing a good job.
They've effectively become a fourth branch of government. Tennessee really ought to rethink this. No other law enforcement types are elected in Tennessee are they? Certainly not in the federal government.
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