Sullivan Co. Sheriff’s Office lawsuit against county expected to go to trial

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A lawsuit filed by Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson against the county is expected to head to trial.

In 2015, Sheriff Anderson requested an additional $8 million in his 2015-16 budget, saying he needed the money because his department is understaffed and underfunded.

Attorney Steve Darden, who is representing Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable said he filed a motion for summary judgment.

If granted, it would have eliminated either the lawsuit in its entirety or some of the claims. But in court Tuesday, a judge denied the motion.

The lawsuit is now expected to head to trial, but Darden said the attorneys involved have yet to agree on a trial date.

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