Commissioner Randy Smith was picked to serve as vice chairman.
Wright, who represents East Knox County and won re-election this year, will hold the seat for one year.
"We are doing what the citizens of Knox County want us to do and that’s without bias to look after the citizens," Wright said. "It’s taken years but were’ on the threshold of doing all those activities that the citizens want us to do."
Wright initially said he wouldn’t seek the chairmanship for a second time but on Thursday said he changed his mind after “commission members looked at the lay of the land and spoke.”
Only Wright and Bob Thomas were nominated to the post. However, Thomas said he wanted to vote for Wright and he couldn't if he was in the race, so he withdrew.
Thomas, who spent the last year as the board's vice chairman, also was nominated for that post again.
But, he also withdrew his name from consideration to "give someone else that opportunity."
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