A ruling at an arbitration hearing goes against Edgar County and the Sheriffs Department.
Dee Burgin and Roger Hopper were hired before current Sheriff Ed Motley took office.
Burgin and Hopper were apparently hired without going through the merit system.
The merit system is a process involving a test, and an appointment by the merit commission.
The Edgar County Sheriff's Department maintains that in both cases neither followed the merit system law properly to be appointed; citing a lack of evidence of proper documentation.
The arbitration hearing though ruled in favor of both men and ordered their reinstatement with back pay.
If the deputies did not go through the merit system they may not be able to legally act as a law enforcement officer.
The Sheriff’s department will now appeal the decision to a court saying that the arbitrator went against Illinois public policy.