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Candidate wants State Attorney General to investigate Register of Deeds office




Democratic Register of Deeds candidate Scott Emge said he wants Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr. to investigate the Knox County Register of Deeds office.

“According to a Jan. 24 article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, a Knox County Register of Deeds office employee was given seven months off from work at full salary to campaign on the Republican ticket for Knox County Commission,” he said.

“Based on this Register of Deeds office employee’s reported annual salary [$43,212], [GOP incumbent candidate Sherry Witt’s] seven-month campaign will have been improperly funded by Knox County fee monies in the approximate amount of over $20,000.”

Emge goes on to say that “The Register of Deeds office leadership has tried to explain away this illicit paid leave for a political campaign by stating it was accrued sick leave, which was converted to paid annual leave. Not only is this a blatant violation of their own office policy, but seems to be a fraudulent misappropriation of Knox County fee monies on the part of the Register of Deeds office

leadership.”

“An investigation needs to be initiated as soon as possible to determine if a crime has been committed by the Register of Deeds office leadership,” Emge added. “If misappropriation of county funds has taken place, the current and past leadership in that office should be placed on administrative leave and a temporary replacement should be put in charge while the Attorney General determines the depth of the violations.

“These people need to realize that County fee money is not their own personal fund to do with as they please.”

 

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