Democratic Hamilton County sheriff nominee Greg Beck is planning to sue the city of Chattanooga over a requirement that he take a leave of absence from his job as a city court officer, according to his attorney, Jerry Summers.
Mr. Summers said he was planning on filing the suit today or Wednesday.
City Personnel Director Donna Kelly had asked Mr. Beck to take a leave from his job, citing a portion of the city code that states city employees cannot run for public office.
Mr. Beck, also a Hamilton County commissioner, has said the code section discriminates against candidates who are not rich. He has said he would step down from his job “at the appropriate time.”
He had not filed anything with Hamilton County Chancery Court as of early this afternoon.
Mr. Beck has been a city court officer since August 2004.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.