Sheriff Darr files lawsuit against Columbus city government

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr has filed a lawsuit against Columbus city government over his department's budget.

Sheriff Darr claims the mayor and city council overstepped their authority when they took control of the sheriff department's budget for the 2015 fiscal year and cut it by $2 million.

In the suit filed Monday, Nov. 10 in Muscogee County Superior Court, Darr claims he submitted a budget of $26.8 million for approval by city council.

But someone from the mayor's office substituted that budget with one for $24.8 million which was approved by council back in June.  The suit claims that is a violation of city charter.

However, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson disagrees. She says everything was done exactly by the charter and that Darr's suit is only wasting taxpayer money.

Tomlinson says Darr is wrong about his numbers, saying that his budget is $400,000 more this year than last year, adding that the numbers quoted in the lawsuit don't include all the money his department gets.

We reached out to Darr for comment.

"There's a lot I would like to say and that time will come," Darr replied.

For now he did not want to comment on the case.

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