The county's ethics committee met this morning to go ahead and rubber stamp the reappointment of two sitting members.
And this hasn't gone over too well with a couple of folks.
You see, 25 people applied for the two open spots (five didn't bother showing up to today's meeting) and, quite frankly, it appeared that no one – other than the committee members – really had a shot.
I'm not saying that's the case, but, you know . . . appearances and all that.
One person called it “a farce” and another person said “the whole thing was disgusting.” A third walked out of the room, mumbling that “it was a monumental waste of time.”
And several have now dubbed it the “unethical committee.” (Yes, I know. Not real original.)
Soooooo . . . . what happened?
Glad you asked.
The committee has three open spots – two that it gets to fill and one that the Knox County Commission has to fill in the upcoming weeks.
The 20 people – including board chairwoman Elaine Davis and board member Mae Killebrew-Mosley – each were given two minutes to state why they should get the pick. (Board members said they reviewed the applications/resumes before the meeting.)
During the first round of nominations, the board picked Davis and Killebrew-Mosley. Now keep in mind that only the board – no one from the public – can make nominations.
Davis in a 5-1 vote was picked. And yes, she voted for herself. (Killebrew-Mosley also voted for herself.)
In the second round only Killebrew-Mosely received a nomination.
As one person told me: “They didn't even make it look good.” Heh.
Just before the meeting closed, Davis said: “I'm incredibly amazed and appreciative of the number of people and the quality of people who have shown up today.” She suggested that the committee increase its size. (They've been talking about making like this for almost two years.)
In the meantime, officials said they'd turn the remaining applications (and there are some good ones in the batch by the way) over to the county commission to look through. The person who had the post that's set to expire is not applying for it.