The resolution will appear on the agenda when commissioners meet July 19 at 10 a.m. in the courthouse.
Miller said her office accepted the responsibility of writing warrants when she took office in 2006. The procedure for issuing warrants after hours became an issue in February 2009. Until that time, law enforcement officers filled out complaints and placed them in a box for a court clerk’s signature the next morning. That practice was declared unconstitutional by the Tennessee Supreme Court in the fall of 2008.
Warrant writing was shifted to 911 operators while Miller hired two clerks to work Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon at a rate of $100 a weekend. The weekend clerks quit two weeks ago after one was called out 23 times in one day.
Miller said she would transfer her budgeted salary amount to the detention center along with the responsibility.
“They have 19 people on call where I’m getting up at 2 or 3 in the morning and going to the jail,” she said.
Commissioners will be asked to transfer used athletic field lighting to Tri-State Exhibition Center, sheriff’s department and fire department.
They will also consider building a repelling tower behind the judicial center for training SWAT team members. The tower would be built from donated material and labor.
Commissioner Howard Thompson said there have been complaints from the farmers market on Peerless Road about produce being sold that is not yet in season. He said the rules should either be revised or enforced.