Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe is asking a judge to reconsider his order that a deputy fired for misconduct when he was a teenager be reinstated with back pay. County attorney Tim Potter filed a motion in Dickson County Chancery Court last week asking Chancellor Robert Burch to alter or amend his judgment because the judge’s opinion failed to address the issue of whether the Dickson County Civil Service Board acted within its authority when it ordered Deputy James Chester Akers reinstated. Bledsoe fired Akers, a six-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, in March after learning of sexual misconduct involving a three-year-old female relative when Akers was 17 and living in California. The Civil Service Board ruled that while Akers admitted to the incident, it did not qualify as “off-duty misconduct” while he was working as a deputy and Burch agreed. But Potter’s motion argues that Burch failed to address the material issue of whether the firing of Akers was within the appropriate scope of review for the board. The motion claims that, according to Civil Service Board rules, it can order reinstatement only if it finds the employee was fired for political or personal reasons or that the sheriff acted arbitrarily in his interpretation of the cause for termination. The motion says the board’s decision “essentially second guesses” the sheriff by “supplanting its opinion for the opinion of the sheriff.” The motion says if the Civil Service Board reverses a decision of the sheriff merely because it disagrees with the decision, then the board is acting “arbitrarily and capriciously.” A hearing on Bledsoe’s request that the chancellor review his opinion and make additional findings of fact is scheduled for Aug. 15 in Dickson County Chancery Court.