JACQUELINE WALL FARTHING, DICKSON COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS V. DICKSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE, BY AND THROUGH BOB RIAL, MAYOR FOR DICKSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 27, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Alan Poindexter, Lebanon, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jacqueline Wall Farthing, Dickson County Register of Deeds.

Attorneys 2:

Timothy Valton Potter, Dickson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dickson County, Tennessee, by and through Bob Rial, Mayor for Dickson County, Tennessee.

Judge(s): COTTRELL

Register of Deeds filed petition pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 8-20-101 et seq. seeking an increase in compensation for her three deputy clerks and seeking an award of her costs, including attorney’s fees. The trial court denied Register the relief she sought, and she appealed. Based on the evidence presented and the language of the statute, we hold the trial court was required to determine the appropriate salary for Register’s assistants. Register is entitled under the applicable statute to have her costs, including her attorney’s fees, paid out of the fees collected by her office.

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