After four days testimony lawsuit between sheriff and Madison Co. nears end

The trial between Madison County Sheriff John Mehr and the county fee is near the finish line after four days of testimony.

Each side have completed calling witnesses and making their circumstances. The trial will resume Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. for closing arguments, however a ruling from Decide William Acree isn’t anticipated instantly.

Mehr sued the fee and Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris in July 2019 for a further $5 million in funding for his division. Particularly, his legal professionals requested Acree to power the county fee to pay for 10 new patrol deputies and implement a 7% pay increase for all deputies and jail officers.

The fee contends Mehr does not want the funds, saying he ought to as a substitute reduce a number of high-paying positions in his division. The sheriff pays practically $500,000 for his personal in-house lawyer, price range director, IT director, human sources director and public data officer.

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