Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Knox County chaos!!!

9:14 a.m.

Scott Moore opened the meeting calling for nominations for Sheriff. All but one commissioner passed on making any nomination. No nominations were made from the floor.

J.J. Jones was the only nomination. He was elected with 18 yes votes and one "pass" (by Commissioner John Schmid).

9:23 a.m.

Jones is being sworn in immediately at the Commission meeting by Judge Dale Workman.

9:26 a.m.

Scott Moore next opened the floor for nominations for County Clerk. George Stooksbury was nominated. Commissioner John Griess nominated County Commissioner Billy Tindell. All other commissioners passed on making a nomination.

Nominations were taken from the public. Jeffrey Lawhorne was nominated.

Billy Tindell won the vote, with 14 votes. George Stooksbury received four votes.

9:33 a.m.

Because Commissioner Tindell was appointed Clerk, his position is now vacant, meaning he cannot participate in the rest of the day's voting on new appointments.

9:40 a.m.

Nominations next began on filling the Register of Deeds position. Commissioner Harmon nominated Scott Emge. Commissioner Ballard nominated Sherry Witt. No nominations were offered by the public.

Sherry Witt was appointed with all but one vote going her way. Harmon voted for Emge.

9:44 a.m.

Next up were nominations for Trustee. There was only one nomination. Craig Leuthold nominated Fred Sisk.

Fred Sisk was appointed.

10:08 a.m.

Richard Cate was appointed to Commission seat 4A.

Several rounds of voting are underway to fill seat 4B, which had more nominations than any other position thus far.

10:13 a.m.

The final round of voting for seat 4B is down to Lee Trammel and Scott Davis. Neither has yet received a majority of 10 votes to close the deal. Voting rounds continue.

The commission meeting is underway and the Commission is voting on whether to move the voting on seat 4B to the end of the agenda. This requires a 2/3rds vote as it is an amendment to the agenda. The vote ties and 4B is still to be voted on.

The vote for Fourth District Commissioner continues in a 9-9 tie with two abstentions. Another round, another tie Davis 9, Trammel 9.

Another round of voting for 4B. Another 9-9 tie. Chairman Moore asks for a two minute recess that I suspect may go quite a bit longer.

Commission reconvenes and a motion is made to amend the agenda to allow three minute statements by each of the candidates. Requires a 2/3rds vote. At 10-8, it fails.

Again, a vote on the question of the 4B seat. Another 9-9 tie.

Another move to amend the agenda to move this to the end of the agenda. This time, it passes with a 15-3 majority. 4B will be voted on after the 9th District is voted on.

First District-Josh Jordan is appointed to replace his mother.

Second District-After three ballots, there are four remaining candidates and a tie for who has the least votes (3) with no candidate reaching a majority. The commission recesses.

Another round of voting after the recess-Diane Jordan disappears and is fetched from the hall during roll call. Chuck Bolus is selected with 11 votes.

District 5-Frank Leuthold is selected overwhelmingly

District 6-Sharon Cawood is selected 15-2 over Howard Phillips.

District 8-Jack Huddleston's name is placed in nomination on this ballot. Jack Huddleston receives 17 votes and is selected.

District 9-I wish Rob had not dropped out this morning, he might have won out. Tim Greene is appointed with 17 votes.

District 4B-Commissioner Lambert raises the point that any members appointed have the right to be sworn in-there is a lengthy discussion, but at the end, no one comes forward to be sworn after Chuck Bolus is sworn in for the 2B seat earlier in the meeting. Lee Trammel is appointed with 12 votes.

The whole process stunk to high heaven, and no matter which side you are on, it shakes your faith in Knox County Government. It makes me glad I am now a Jefferson Countian.

I have to give some real credit to KnoxViews blogger Randy Neal, he has the best blow-by-blow coverage that I have seen in the local blogosphere all day.



At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 1:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great. The confusion begins. You said Frank Leuthold did the nominiating and the new appointee was Craig, but it is actually the other way around. But who cares -- it's all in the famly. I guess that is what they wanted.

This whole thing is disgusting!!! The citizens should be storming city hall. But again -- it's our own fault. Most people don't vote. Maybe this will finally teach everyone a lesson.

At Wednesday, January 31, 2007 2:13:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Anon...duly noted


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