State Commission Delays Decision On Knox Sheriff Certification

Nashville (AP) -- A state commission decided today to postpone until august its decision on whether to decertify former Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison, a month after Hutchison's pension plan will quadruple.

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ordered the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission earlier this month to quickly determine Hutchison’s status before he becomes vested in the new pension plan.

Hutchison could be decertified because he was convicted four years ago of violating Open Records Laws.

The commission decided to postpone its decision until a hearing August 16th.

Hutchison left as Sheriff because of term limits but has been made chief deputy. He will turn in his badge on July 1st, the same day the pension plan for deputies will go from $20,000 to $80,000 a year.

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