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Knox County Deputy Reaches Deal Over Termination

Knox County Deputy Reaches Deal Over Termination

CREATED May 25, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Knox County deputy has reached a $29,000 settlement with his former employer over a decision to terminate him.

Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones told the Knoxville News Sentinel the agreement provided former officer Christopher Alan McNew was a financial decision.

The sheriff said agreeing to pay McNew for his accumulated 880 hours of sick leave was cheaper than the potential costs of defending the termination.

McNew submitted his resignation, effective March 28. McNew would have been paid for unused vacation time and could apply for retirement even if his termination had withstood appeals.

McNew was hired at the Sheriff's Office in June 1990. Jones fired him on allegations of using the National

Crime Information Center to check for any outstanding warrants for his son.

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