County commissioners don't want to spend any money on legal expenses when it comes to defending the recent actions of the county election commission.

Commissioners unanimously decided to take an official stand with action and voted not to spend anything after 3rd District Commissioner Lynn Tollett made a motion.

"I say we not spend anything unless we are forced to by a court decision," Tollett said.

Kenneth Carey, 7th District commissioner, supported the motion and the full commission agreed.

In a recent letter to Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill, Crossville attorney Randal R. Boston said the "county should not be responsible for legal fees for a matter that it does not oppose and that it has no control over who the commission chooses to be its administrator."

Boston issued his opinion to Mayor Hill after a request from Hill. Hill asked Boston to analyze the legal situation after the Tennessee Attorney General wrote an opinion claiming counties are responsible for the fees and expenses associated with legal representation of the county election commissions in lawsuits arising out of the hiring or firing of county administrators of elections.

Attorneys for former Cumberland County Administrator of Elections Suzanne Smith filed two lawsuits in May seeking a total of up to $6.5 million, plus reinstatement of Smith's job and back pay plus benefits for the time she has been out of work.

The Cumberland County Election Commission has scheduled a special-called meeting for Monday, July 27, at 4 p.m. at the election commission office. According to the agenda, the commission is meeting to discuss appointing a new attorney to defend commission members in pending litigation. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.