Sheriff's Lieutenant Who Was On Suspension Decides To Retire

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Hamilton County sheriff's lieutenant who was on suspension has decided to retire.

Sheriff Jim Hammond said the retirement of Lt. Rick Hamrick will be effective Sept. 1.

He had been suspended with pay on June 10 pending the outcome of an ongoing internal affairs investigation.

The probe involved the purchase and disposition of food for jurors during trials.

The matter had been referred to the district attorney's office for possible criminal action, and an Internal Affairs investigation was also started.

Sheriff Hammond said as of Aug. 1 Lt. Hamrick was no longer on the payroll, but was using his accrued leave time.

Lt. Hamrick supervised the court officers. The sheriff said Capt. Ron Parson will be over the officers. He said existing officers are able to apply for a new corporal position that will be second in command to Capt. Parson over the court officers.

Sheriff Hammond said, "Lt. Hamrick had a long career of about 30 years at the sheriff's office that was exemplary except for this last situation."

Lee Davis, attorney for Lt. Hamrick, said, "Rick, after 33 years of service, has decided to retire effective Sept. 1. This will allow for a smooth transition of his responsibilities to others in the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.  

"The dispute over juror lunches is regrettable, but there is no evidence of any crime or wrongdoing, perhaps a misunderstanding of policy. The matter is now over. All of us who have worked with Lt. Hamrick in the Courts Building appreciate his many years of service in keeping the courts safe and secure."

 


Ramsey, Wamp, Floyd Back Joe Smith For County Commission

Three former elected leaders in Hamilton County on Thursday announced their support for independent candidate Joe Smith for the County Commission seat in District 3. Longtime County Mayor and Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey, former Congressman Zach Wamp and former state Rep. Richard Floyd all say they support Mr. Smith for the commission seat vacated by newly elected county assessor ... (click for more)

Corker Says White House Rejected Meeting Request Ahead Of JASTA Veto Override

In remarks on the Senate floor on Thursday, Senator Bob Corker criticized what he said was the Obama administration’s lack of engagement ahead of Congress’ vote on Wednesday to override the president’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) and expressed hope that all parties involved will be willing to engage in discussions in the weeks and months ahead. ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vin Scully’s Last Time

It is said that the opening paragraph of my favorite ode to baseball should be the centerpiece for the canon of sports literature. It was written by former commissioner Bart Giamatti in "The Green Fields of the Mind,” a most marvelous essay to the last day of the regular season in the major leagues. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Beats Red Bank On Senior Night

It was Senior Night at Signal Mountain on Wednesday as the Lady Eagles played their last regular-season volleyball match at home before they host next week’s District 7-AA tournament and all went pretty much as planned. It was a battle of regular-season district champions as the 6-AA queen Red Bank Lionettes provided the opposition for the 7-AA winning Lady Eagles. Signal ... (click for more)

Hamilton Heights Announces 2016-17 Hoops Slate

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy released its 2016-17 varsity boys’ basketball schedule on Thursday. The Hawks will participate in 13 events around the country, including the prestigious Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbus, S.C., the Marshall County Hoopfest in Ky., and the Flyin’ To The Hoops Classic in Dayton, Ohio.  Locally, the Hamilton Heights squad will host ... (click for more)