Sheriff John Everette spoke to the Trion Town Council in their regular monthly work session last night at Trion Town Hall.
The sheriff was invited to speak to the council about the posibility of the Trion Police Department joining the Chattooga County Drug Task Force. The task force was formed earlier this year after Sheriff Everette announced that Chattooga County would be pulling out of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force. According to the sheriff the Chattooga County Drug Task Force has made 52 drug cases since it was formed in January, and none of those cases have been in Trion.
Everette told the mayor and council members that with their participation in the task force, it would bring the total number of drug officers to four in the county. The sheriff pointed out that the LMJCDTF had four officers serving four counties when Chattooga County was a member. ‘
One council member asked the sheriff if Trion Police had been invited to be part of the newly formed drug task force before. Everette said that former Trion Police Chief Charles Latta had told him that he didn’t think the mayor and council would approve the idea. Latta has since been demoted from his status as police chief in Trion.
Mayor Benny Perry called for a special meeting next Monday evening at 6 PM for a hearing into the demotion of former Chief Latta. Councilman John Simmons commented that the hearing would be an open public hearing.
The Trion Town Council will meet again this Thursday evening at 6 PM for their regular monthly meeting.