Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Three applied for Commission seat

Despite all the rumors, only three people so far have officially applied for the open Knox County Commission seat.

The deadline is Dec. 15, a week away.

As it stands, a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, a certified financial planner, and the executive director of Compassion Coalition, a non-profit that touts itself as a bridge between the local churches and the community, have submitted resumes.

The commission will publicly interview the candidates at 4 p.m. on Jan. 12 and then vote during a special called meeting set for 4:30 p.m. that day.

The person selected will represent the 5th District, which encompasses a large chunk of southwest Knox County.

The person will serve the remainder of the term, which runs out in 2016.

Here’s a look at the folks who applied so far. (And you can find their resumes, RIGHT SMACK HERE.)

  • John H Grueser: Enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and served until 1980 when he began serving in the Air Force Reserve until retiring from the military in 2006. Also worked as a pilot for United Airlines and as an air carrier inspector for the FAA. Currently an airline consultant. Earned engineering degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and a master’s degree in education from Texas Tech University and a master’s in business administration and management from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • Ronnie Rochelle: Owned Parkway Galleries Furniture in Knoxville and Bristol from 1977 to 1992. A certified financial planner since 1996, he also is the comptroller for Designsensory, an interactive marketing firm. Also served volunteer stints with the Farragut MPC, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce and the CAC Office on Aging.
  • Grant Standefer: Long-time pastor for churches in New Mexico, Texas and Tennessee, and currently serves with the Compassion Coalition. Served stints with the Rotary Club of Knoxville, Introduction Knoxville, Leadership Knoxville and the community advisory board for the Department of Children’s Services.

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