Webster County now paying two salaries for sheriff

Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell

Webster County supervisors find themselves dealing with an unusual situation -- paying two people to serve as sheriff.

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 7:45 PM
Updated: Jan 2, 2019 8:56 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Webster County supervisors find themselves dealing with an unusual situation -- paying two people to serve as sheriff.

Two circuit judges issued an order Wednesday for Chief Deputy Andy McCants to serve as acting sheriff with Sheriff Tim Mitchell in jail facing a variety of charges.

It's nothing new since Mitchell had appointed McCants to run the sheriff's department.

However, the judges ordered that the acting sheriff get the sheriff's salary, which is a problem because Mitchell is still receiving his salary as sheriff.

County Supervisor Randy Rico says the sheriff's annual salary is $75,000, and the judges say in their order they have no authority to suspend Mitchell's salary.

The order does say county supervisors can file suit to get that money back from the public official bond that was originally put up to make sure Mitchell followed the law.

The subject is sure to come up when county supervisors attend their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.

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