Friday, July 12, 2013

Knox trustee applicants now up to 17

Well, I knew some folks would come crawling out of the woodwork for this one, to become tax collection head honcho. Course it doesn't hurt that the job pays $113K in folding paper, either. Heh.

Anyhoo, we're now up to 17 applicants. You can check out the names, right smack here. The most well-known of the new batch is Craig Leuthold.

Craig, a former Knox County commissioner, spent 16 years in the Trustee's Office before moving over to the property assessor's department in 2010. He most recently served as chairman of the Knox County Charter Review Committee, and to his credit did a pretty good job. (Hey, I can say that - I sat in almost every one of those suckers.)

As noted, yesterday, right smack here, there are a number of good candidates. And, as I recall, folks can still turn in applications up until noon on Monday.

The commission at 1 p.m. will then hold brief interviews with folks and make a final decision the following Monday during the regular monthly voting meeting. Whoever is selected will serve until the end of August 2014 (unless he or she wins the election).

3 comments:

Mark Wester said...

Maybe you can answer some of these questions for me.



The Nepotism Policy clearly states that Commission can't appoint, advocate or hire relatives, but could that be construed that they couldn't appoint themselves?

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Sec. 2-5. - Nepotism.

No elected or appointed official or employee of the county shall advocate, recommend, supervise, manage or cause the employment, appointment, promotion, transfer, or advancement of his or her relative to an office or position of employment within the county government.

Under conflict of interest rules, Commissioners have to recuse themselves from not only the discussion but the vote as well. So do you think that Commissioner Shouse can discuss & vote or would he need to recuse himself because of conflict of interest?

And then if only 10 Commissioners can vote, what happens if they tie? Because I remember that on WBIR's "Inside Tennessee" which aired on 07/14/13, Commissioner Hammond stated that simple majority (6 votes) was all it took.

Mark Wester said...

Maybe you can answer a few questions for me.



The Nepotism Policy clearly states that Commission can't appoint, advocate or hire relatives, but could that be construed that they couldn't appoint themselves?

(link...)
Sec. 2-5. - Nepotism.

No elected or appointed official or employee of the county shall advocate, recommend, supervise, manage or cause the employment, appointment, promotion, transfer, or advancement of his or her relative to an office or position of employment within the county government.

Under County policy, commissioners with a conflict of interest have to recuse themselves from the discussion and the vote. So do you think that Commissioner Shouse can discuss & vote or would he need to recuse himself from the vote because of conflict of interest?

And then if only 10 Commissioners can vote, what happens if they tie? Because I remember that on WBIR's "Inside Tennessee" which aired on 07/14/13, Commissioner Hammond stated that simple majority (6 votes) was all it took.

Thanks.

Mike Donila said...

They can appoint themselves