Sullivan commissioner charged with perjury

Rain Smith • Oct 1, 2019 at 2:03 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County commissioner has been indicted for alleged actions in his role as a county constable, where he is accused of signing off on court documents that he did not serve.

On Tuesday morning, Doug Woods turned himself in to police on two counts of perjury. The charges were leveled last week by a Sullivan County grand jury.

According to the presentment, Woods "did unlawfully and with the intent to deceive, make a false statement under oath." Court records indicate that Woods reportedly lied about serving court papers in a civil case.

Witnesses to the grand jury included the individual whom Woods claimed to have personally served, along with a detective with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. Each of Woods' perjury charges is a Class A misdemeanor.

In Sullivan County's District 9, which covers part of Kingsport, Woods serves as both a constable and county commissioner. After turning himself in at the sheriff's office, Woods posted $3,000 bond and was released.

Woods is the second Sullivan County constable to recently be jailed. In August, constable Larry H. Mullenix was indicted on multiple charges after allegedly lying about serving court documents.

According to the presentment, in February of this year Mullenix falsely claimed to have served summonses on a pair of people. He is alleged to have then forged the names of those individuals in records and wrongly collected payment from the court for serving the papers.

The grand jury indicted Mullenix on two counts of official misconduct and two counts of forgery. Both charges are Class E felonies.

Mullenix also faces two counts of tampering with governmental records and one count of theft under $1,000. Those alleged offenses are Class A misdemeanors.

In 2016, Mullenix was elected as constable for Sullivan County's District 8, which includes the Sullivan Gardens area of Kingsport. His term expires next year.