Bradley County Commission approves tighter asset disposal rules

Bradley County Commissioner Milan Blake.

A proposal to tighten rules for disposing of public property passed the Bradley County Commission on a 9-4 vote Monday.

The restrictions come after some commissioners said Bradley Sheriff Eric Watson's office kept them in the dark when he sold the county's surveillance van and sold numerous cars, a computer and other items without commission permission.

Commissioner Dan Rawls said the rules - which require commission permission to dispose of any asset valued over $500 and require any electronic item have its memory wiped before it's sold, among other revisions - give county government "a better look at what is disposed of and how it's disposed of."

It was Rawls who dug into the February sale of the $130,000 surveillance van to a bail bondsman from Nashville and accused Watson of failing to turn over paperwork in violation of the state's open records law.