Widow Of Late Sheriff Won't Be Eligible To Replace Him
SPENCER, Tenn. - Two weeks after the death Van Buren County Sheriff Grayson Beasley, County Commissioners have taken a step forward to temporarily fill his job.
County Commissioners met Friday night to discuss how they will accept applications for the position of interim sheriff. They will be accepting those applications through April 16th, and plan to put an ad in the newspaper to find candidates.
The widow of the late sheriff, Cynthia Beasley had said she should be appointed to the position.
County by-laws say the Deputy Sheriff should be appointed as interim sheriff, but he lives outside the county and is not eligible. Next in line is the jail administrator, which is the position Cynthia Beasley currently holds.
Just days ago, Beasley said county commissioners were dragging their feet in appointing her. At Friday night's meeting it was revealed all candidates for the position will be required to have 36 months of experience. Beasley does not have that experience.
Beasley had met with her attorney on Monday. She said she knew should would need to go through the police academy, and already had plans to do so. She had said she was prepared to take legal action at that time, but it's unclear whether she would still pursue legal avenues following Friday night's meeting.
A permanent replacement will be chosen in a county-wide election in August of 2014.