The Tribune reported yesterday that Claiborne Sheriff David Ray will be doing 250 hours of "community service" at some as yet unnamed Hamblen County "agency." Here's the Tribune link. And here's the standard warning about Trib links: They don't stay active very long.
Just how did the Sheriff of Claiborne County end up with pre-trial diversion and community service in Hamblen County?
Check the Knox News-Sentinel here and here.
Ray's community service is part of a pre-trial diversion agreement that was signed by Ray, Ray's attorney John Rogers, and Connie Trobaugh, Assistant D.A. who signed the agreement with permission of District Attorney Berkeley Bell in August.
The complete terms of the diversion are here. Paragraph 13 is a "Special Condition." It states that Ray's community service will be performed in Hamblen County and that his probation will be supervised by the Board of Probation and Parole in Hamblen County.
Apparently, the Defendant Sheriff and the District Attorney's office didn't want Ray to have to do community service in his own community (Claiborne County) or in the community (Hancock County) where the alleged crime occurred.
Hamblen County is the designated community for Ray's "community" service. But finding an agency in Hamblen County that would allow Ray to come and work for them was a problem. Apparently not too many Hamblen County agencies wanted Ray around.
And what is the unnamed Hamblen County agency that finally agreed to allow Sheriff Ray to do his "community service" for them? The Tribune reporter apparently couldn't get or chose not to provide that information in the article. Instead, the reporter noted that the location and the nature of the work Ray is to perform in Hamblen County is a "tightly-guarded secret."
Maybe Sheriff Ray will be found doing his community service at Hamblen County's Cherokee Park with yet another famous divertee---Cherokee Park Director Frank Parker. And it is even possible that they both will be joined later by Parker's Co-defendant Paul King.
Or maybe Hamblen County Mayor David Purkey will arrange for Ray to do his community service for the Hamblen County Maintenance Department--like Purkey did for his relative Lynn Wolfe. Maybe Ray will also get to take advantage of the special Lynn Wolfe perk where you get to turn in timeless time-sheets.
If he gets the Wolfe perk, Ray can just fill in a bunch of time sheets (without hours worked), sign them (without hours worked), have them signed by his supervisor (without hours worked), and then turn them in to Purkey (without hours worked) and all will be taken care of. A sweet, sweet deal for special friends and relatives.