Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond speaks to the media in this file photo.Staff File Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is requesting a more than $1.8 million increase for next year.
About half of that increase would fund five corrections officers, four patrol officers and two detectives. The other half would be for operations increases, including fuel expenses.
Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham said commissioners won't be supporting a tax increase and asked Hammond if he could live without an increase.
Hammond said the department had overages in several areas this year. “That’s my concern, the things we have no control over,” Hammond said.
See Tuesday’s Times Free Press for added coverage.
Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...