Jackson County judge executive announces plans to sue sheriff

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

MCKEE, Ky (WYMT) - The tension continues to build between Jackson County's judge executive and the sheriff and now one of them is facing legal action from the other.

At Tuesday's special meeting of the Jackson County Fiscal Court, Judge Executive William O. Smith announced plans to sue Sheriff Denny Peyman.

This comes after a disagreement between the two about $278,000 owed from the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Both men remain at odds over who is responsible.

"We had not been able to satisfactorily resolve it in any other manner. The sheriff was unwilling to cooperate and we just have no way to make him cooperate other than through legal channels," said Smith.

That is an accusation Sheriff Peyman strongly denies.

"I have receipts of every dollar that was paid to them and I have got canceled checks. So I am excited about them wanting to do litigation. Let us go to court. Let us bring the attorney general's office in. Let us bring the state office's in here. Let us get this out in the open," said Peyman.

Some folks who attended the meeting said they welcome an investigation into the city's fiscal problems.

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