The Knox County Election Commission this morning unanimously reappointed Clifford Rodgers to serve another two-year term as the county's administrator of elections.
In the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in July, he'll be in charge of a $1.64 million budget and oversee two city elections and a county primary.
A Knoxville native, Rodgers was initially appointed to the board in April 2011 amidst a series of controversies and is credited with “righting a ship that was listing a bit,” according to Knox County Election Commission Chairman Chris Heagerty.
Before that he practiced civil law, primarily focusing on state and federal litigation. And from 1984 through the end of 2007, he worked as a law clerk, researching and writing opinions for the late Senior U.S. District Judge James Jarvis as well as Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier.
He also oversaw administrative duties for Jarvis - setting the docket, meeting with lawyers and talking to the press and public.
Rodgers, who earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, will make $112,420 annually.