It’s interesting that Mayor Ed Mitchell has hired a reporter who a few months ago covered the fact that the Blount County Commission has yet to hear from the jail consultant paid to address the overcrowding problem. Mitchell responded by threatening to file a frivolous lawsuit.
The reporter doesn’t have any experience in the field of Emergency Management that he was hired to work in. Could this be Mitchell’s attempt to keep his friends close and his enemies closer? It appears to be a smart move on Mitchell’s part but the way that Mitchell, the Sheriff and the commission have responded to the jail report is not smart for the taxpayers of Blount County.
The Sheriff is hell-bent on building a new jail pod. The criminal justice assessement report (jail study) said there are many things we can do besides expand the jail. That’s why the report had to be squashed, ignored, ridiculed and the character of the person who did the report maligned. Most of the people in county government are afraid to stand up to the Sheriff and say no to expanding the jail.
Ed Mitchell doesn’t run this town. The Sheriff does. Mitchell is only in charge of the things that the Sheriff doesn’t care about. You can see it in Mitchell’s actions. The Mayor didn’t have to respond to the jail consultant the way he did.
Where is that lawsuit Mayor? You know the one that you threatened to file with your Not the County Attorney*. It’s time to quit playing games. Numerous lives and the wallets of the people of Blount County are at risk from the poor decisions made by our local government.
The best place to start reducing the jail population is to stop taking federal inmates since we lose money on them. The report that the Mayor and his Not the County Attorney don’t want the commission to talk about said we lose money on federal inmates.
*Blount County does not have a county atttorney established by private act. The Mayor is authorized to employee counsel when there is no office of county attorney.