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Overton County Looking To Hire Judicial Commissioners

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Overton County Looking To Hire Judicial Commissioners

Overton County is looking to hire new judicial commissioners with current staffers set to retire.

A judicial commissioner is an on-call position. They set bonds, write warrants and order of protection notices when the County Clerk’s Office is closed. County Executive Steven Barlow said the candidates would have to be willing to be on call on late nights, weekends and holidays.

“They’re not part of the court,” Barlow said. “They’re not part of the Sheriff’s Department. So they work as an in-between between the two. It kind of keeps things honest.”

Barlow said the county has at least three judicial commissioners retiring and the county needs four or five in place. He said those hired have to go through a training program. While law enforcement or legal experience is preferred, Barlow said it is not a necessity.

“We’ve had previous law enforcement in the past,” Barlow said. “We’ve had paralegals in the past and things like that. We can train them. You have to go to a course or class to learn how to do these thing anyway, and then we do continuing education here as well. The judge kind of helps train as well. you have to know how much to set the bonds for and things of that nature.”

The County’s Public Safety Committee will be conducting the interviews.

“It deals with our Sheriff’s Department our Animal Service and things like that,” Barlow said. “So it’s about the public safety. So this committee will help do the interviews and help see who they want to hire on that position.”

You will need at least a high school degree to be considered. The position also requires a response time of 30 minutes to the Overton County Jail. Barlow said the position pays on a daily basis. He said commissioners rotate in and out on the nights they are on call.

To be considered for the role you have to submit your resume to the Overton County Executive Office by December 15.


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