Deputy Marty Elliott won't have a Jesus fish on his Boyle County sheriff's cruiser, but he may have a decal that represents his new position as chaplain.
Boyle Fiscal Court came to the agreement Tuesday.
Elliott said he has always counseled people and that it isn't as much about religion as one might think.
"When you go to comfort someone, it doesn't matter what faith you are; comfort is comfort" he said. "When tragedies occur, the furthest thing from my mind is what religion that person is - I'm there to be a compassionate human."
A controversy about the Jesus symbol on his police cruiser began with a letter written by Lori Stipe. In an e-mail interview today, she said that it is her belief that everyone should be allowed to display symbols of faith, but not on pieces of public property, such as police cruisers.
A person's beliefs, religious or otherwise, are "best shown through the manner in which you treat humanity," she wrote. "Many faiths are honored every day by the manner in which we are provided for by these public servants such as law enforcement, firefighters, medical professionals, teachers and many others."