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CLB hears complaint over constable

Published: 9:38 AM, 07/16/2013 Last updated: 9:38 AM, 07/16/2013

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—The Public Safety Committee of the Cocke County Legislative Body will soon examine the future and powers of constables in the county.

Following a complaint about Second District Constable Derek Wright lodged before the CLB Monday evening, members agreed to have the committee take up the matter.

Randy Shults of Harford, which is in the First District, brought the matter to the forefront. CLB members voted to suspend the rules so that Shults could address the body about the situation.

“We have a constable, Derek Wright of the Second District, who is coming into the First District, profiling and writing a bunch of tickets,” said Shults. “He gets like $25 for each ticket he writes. I heard he made $2,800 in one month. Each district has its own constable. We did not elect Derek Wright. We feel like he’s stepping on toes, and a lot of law-abiding citizens are upset.”

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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