Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison has asked to appoint the acting patrol administrator to the position on a permanent basis.

In a Jan. 14 letter to the county commissioners, Dennison said that acting Patrol Administrator Lt. Timothy Carroll is capable and qualified for the job. He has held the post for two months since the sheriff unilaterally appointed him in an acting capacity after County Administrator Andrew Hart rejected her request to have Carroll named.

Hart told commissioners last month that he rejected the request because this was the department’s third administrator in the past two years. He also said that an organizational study of county government was being planned.

The county has since advertised the patrol administrator position. One out-of-state candidate and Carroll applied for the job, the sheriff said in her letter. The outside candidate has not been interviewed, Hart said.

“I also feel that it is very important that we continue to provide stability in this agency in an unstable time with deputies having extended leaves of service to go serve our country,” the sheriff said in her letter. “Mr. Carroll will provide that stability with the relationships that he has already established throughout the county and continues to build.”

The previous administrator, Paul Pinkham, resigned Oct. 29.

Carroll’s father, John Carroll, served as chief deputy under Sheriff Dan Davey for several years, starting in 1993.

The sheriff’s letter was sent to Hart, who then passed it on to the commissioners. The county’s personnel policy states that all requests for hiring go to the county administrator who then makes a recommendation to commissioners. Another section of that policy, however, states that a department head can ask the commissioners to hire a person to fill a position.

Hart said Jan. 25 that because of those policies, he has forwarded the sheriff’s request to commissioners. The commissioners are scheduled to meet Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. in the commissioners’ meeting room at the courthouse.

In addition to an acting patrol administrator, the department has two acting sergeants. One officer was appointed to an acting sergeant’s post when the job holder was called to serve in a military assignment overseas. The other sergeant’s position was open when the person holding the job voluntarily agreed to return to being a patrol officer.

The department has one patrol officer vacancy. That position is a new one that was created Jan. 1 by commissioners through the budget process.