Sheriff's lawsuit cost Sullivan County $140,000

POSTED: 8:47 AM Jun 19 2013   UPDATED: 5:47 PM Jun 19 2013
COUNTY COMMIS
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

Sullivan County commissioners now know the cost of legal fees from a lawsuit filed by Sheriff Wayne Anderson.

The Sheriff filed a $9.9 million lawsuit against the county but was only able to get a two-percent pay increase for his employees.

Legal fees cost the county $140,000. The commission passed a resolution to pay those legal fees out of this year's budget.

County Mayor Steve Godsey says he'd hoped to resolve the lawsuit without lawyers, but that didn't happen.