Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said this morning that there are no plans to immediately fill a jail chief position after Chief Tim Gobble accepted a new job as East Ridge city manager Monday night.
Hammond said it takes two to three months to fill a position after advertising, building a register and conducting interviews.
Gobble's last day will be April 29, Hammond said, and he doesn't anticipate hiring a new jail chief before July.
In the meantime, he said, "The team's going to have to pull together."
Chief Deputy Allen Branum most likely will oversee the jail until a replacement is found, Hammond said.
Hammond said the salary for the position runs in the high 60's with fringe benefits including insurance, uniforms, in-service training and a take-home car.
For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.