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Constables sue sheriff after losing work assignments

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WOLF) -- We have an update out of Lycoming County, where two constables have officially filed a lawsuit against the sheriff.

The suit claims the sheriff doesn't have a right to give or take away their work.

This comes after one of those men ran against the sheriff and lost.

Constable Chad Riley says after that defeat, the sheriff said his department would not give them work, like serving warrants or transporting prisoners.

Riley, of Cogan House Township, and Mark Phillips of Old Lycoming Township, filed the suit against Sheriff Mark Lusk last month.

The suit, filed by attorney Mary Kilgus, states that the constables are not subject to the will of the sheriff, since they are part of the executive branch of government.

A county commissioner told us in June that it's up to the sheriff on how he wants to run his office.

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