Perry Co. Sheriff files defamation lawsuit against county's comptroller

PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles filed a defamation lawsuit against the county's comptroller Natalie Harvison on Monday.

In the suit, filed in Perry County Justice Court, Nobles claims Harvison made statements during a board of supervisors meeting that he engaged in illegal activities regarding the purchasing of lights for a new sheriff's department vehicle. The suit also claims Harvison made statements the sheriff didn't know what he was doing.

The suit seeks a payment of $3,565.

"I have not broken any laws whatsoever," said Nobles. "And the Board does have a policy set for zero spending, that you have to requisition, I did do the requisition, so by that, I have not broken laws, broken any type of policy. The only law that she could make any sense to me was, that I broke her rule."

Perry County Board of Supervisors attorney Paul Walley says Harvison has retained separate legal counsel and will be making a statement soon.

The case is set to be heard July 10. Nobles thinks the case can be resolved before then.

"I'm hoping that my Board of Supervisors, that they will come up with a resolution to this problem, to fix this issue," said Nobles.

A lawsuit represents only one side of a legal argument.