Sheriff Elect John Everitt has sent letters to at least eleven employees with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department telling them that they will no longer have a job after December 31st.
AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio spoke with Mr. Everett on Tuesday afternoon. Everett said that while there was no good time for a person to loose their job, he feels that the "changes are necessary for the reorganization of the Sheriff’s Department."
Reportedly, the positions include clerical workers, the cheif jailer, at least one investigator and school resource officers, and include some 24 year veterans of the Chattooga County Sheriffs Department. Earlier last month Sheriff Elect Everett had an ad placed in The Summerville News looking for applicants to fill positions at the Sheriff’s Department.
Earlier AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio News reported that ad had been paid for by the county. Chattooga County Commissioner Mike Dawson told AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio this morning that the county had not paid for that ad and that he had not authorized any such ad to be run at the county’s expense.
Current Chattooga County Sheriff Ralph Kellett told AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio that changes were expected but expressed regret with the timing of the letters just 15 days before Christmas.