The Ashe County Board of Commissioners met Monday and heard from the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office about a proposed “whistle blower” policy for the county.

The Ashe Post and Times reports the Sheriff's Office is looking to receive grants from the Department of Justice, which require a policy to protect people reporting dishonest acts.

The $41,000 grant money is being held up because the county has no such policy.

According to the report, Administrative Coordinator Brian Blanco said the Sheriff's office can implement their own stopgap policy to receive the grant, but the county should push forward with it as well.

It was also noted that the policy had not gone through the county’s personnel policy committee.

Commissioners decided the Sheriff's office would implement a stopgap rule while the policy goes through proper protocols.