Sheriff's Widow May Be Appointed her Husband's position
by Chris Conte
VAN BUREN COUNTY, Tenn. - After Van Buren County Sheriff Grayson Beasley died two weeks the assumption was that his deputy sheriff would temporarily fill the position but it's become much more complicated than that.
"It's been difficult, very difficult," says Cynthia Beasley about the death of her husband.
As it turns out county bylaws say Deputy Sheriff Jeff Vandagriff is next in line to become interim Sheriff however, he lives outside the county and isn't eligible. That means the next person in line to fill the interim sheriff position is the jail administrator who just happens to be Cynthia Beasley.
"That puts me next on the list to assume his position and I want to do that, I want to continue in what Grayson wanted for the county. I have a lot to learn but everyone that gets into a position has to learn," Cynthia explained on Monday.
In order to fill the position though, Cynthia would need to go through the police academy which she said she has signed up for in the coming months. Her concern is that county commissioners won't appoint her to a position which she believes is lawfully hers.
"I feel that they (some people in the county) are wanting to put me off and so that I'll back down and won't attempt to try and take the position. The job was important to him and it's important to me," she added.
Van Buren County Commissioners will meet on Friday to review all eligible candidates for the interim sheriff's position. A permanent replacement will be chosen in a county-wide election in August of 2014.
Cynthia says she may take legal action if she's not appointed the interim sheriff's job.