Schoonmaker, 60, replaces Richard Briggs, who stepped down last fall after winning the 7th District state Senate seat. He will hold the commission seat until the term expires at the end of August 2016.
The 5th District consists of the southwest corner of Knox County and includes Farragut and Concord.
The commission unanimously picked Schoonmaker from a pool of seven candidates who interviewed during a specially called public meeting Monday at the City County Building.
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