Section 45-5-160Reimbursement for monetary loss from errors or mistakes made in good faith; voiding of licenses based on worthless or forged instruments.
(a) The Blount County Commission shall reimburse the offices of judge of probate, revenue commissioner, and sheriff from the general fund in the amount of any monetary loss, not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) per year for each officer, arising or caused without the personal knowledge of the officer, including loss arising from acceptance of worthless or forged checks, drafts, money orders, or other written orders for money or its equivalent.
(b) It shall be the duty of the judge of probate, revenue commissioner, and the sheriff to insure that the employees of the respective offices exercise due care in performing their required duties and to make a diligent effort to correct the error, mistake, or omission. The respective officers shall make a good faith effort to collect the amount subject to potential loss immediately upon becoming aware of the potential loss.
(c) This section shall not apply to any deliberate misuse or misappropriation of funds by the respective official or by any clerk or employee of his or her office.
(d) In a case where worthless or forged checks, drafts, money orders, or other written orders for money or its equivalent given for a license or in payment for any transaction to the judge of probate, revenue commissioner, or sheriff is found to be noncollectible for any reason, the judge of probate, revenue commissioner, or sheriff shall make a reasonable attempt to retrieve the license in question. In the event that the license cannot be retrieved or a transaction has been recorded in the records, the judge of probate, revenue commissioner, or sheriff shall so state and that statement shall constitute authorization to void any license in question or to reverse or cancel any other transaction. Once the license has been voided or a transaction has been reversed or canceled, the judge of probate, revenue commissioner, or sheriff, if applicable, shall receive credit for the cost of the license, taxes, and all other fees from the appropriate agencies. If applicable, the appropriate state office shall mark the records pertaining to the license void or shall mark the transaction reversed or canceled. In the event of any inquiry by any law enforcement agency concerning any license, the official shall notify the agency that the party in question is operating under a void license. All violations shall be prosecuted in accordance with current law.
(Act 2007-245, p. 329, §§1-4.)