Jackson County Sheriff sues judge executive

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

MCKEE, Ky (WYMT) - The Jackson County Sheriff is suing the county's judge executive.

Sheriff Denny Peyman claims the judge refused to pay for training the sheriff needs every year.

Two men make up the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, which is a department stripped to bare bones last year.

Judge Executive William O. Smith said that is because funds were mismanaged.

"It is caused us as a fiscal court to really have to scrutinize him. He was even to the point where he could not pay his employees and we essentially had to take the operation over," said Smith.

Sheriff Peyman said he strongly denies those claims.

"I got the seal and the approval to go ahead and take taxes again this year. So obviously there was no problem. I think the whole set-up was a smoke screen thrown over on me," said Peyman.

Both men openly admit they do not see eye to eye, which is causing them to butt heads again.

The sheriff filed a complaint seeking about $1,100 from the judge executive.

He said that is money he had to take out of his own pocket to pay for training the county was supposed cover since they approved his budget.

"When I got back, I just decided I was going to take it to small claims because of the way it has been set up and the way it has been handled. We will probably just let the courts handle it," said Peyman.

That is a matter Smith said is a waste of time.

"The sheriff is entitled to his opinion and I have rules and regulations and laws that I am required to go by. I have done that," said Smith.

But, the sheriff says he is not prepared to back down.

"The citizens voted for a sheriff. They voted for me to be their sheriff and nobody else," said Peyman.

A court date has been set for October 7th.

The sheriff said he expects to win this case when it goes to court.

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