Tullahoma Looks To Reduce Court Delays

Jody Baltz

To reduce court system delays and add potential greater punitive measures to get city code violators into compliance, Tullahoma is considering an administrative hearing officer program. During a work session the Board of Mayor and Alderman agreed to have an ordinance drawn-up for consideration for adopting the program that would have a special judge decide codes violation cases and make punitive decisions. Jody Baltz, city administrator, said the process often has little effect because the cases involve a lengthy process with the city taking legal action through Chancery Court, and violation cases are often placed on an extensive docket. Baltz explained that with the administrative officer, fines totaling $500 or $1,000 could be assessed, which is a much greater incentive to have violators address the violations.