Charter doesn't authorize special election for Knox Co. law dir.

Charter doesn't authorize special election for Knox County law director

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Charter doesn't authorize a special election to fill the office of law director, the state elections coordinator said Friday.

The decision follows a review of the charter by Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins. He informed Knox County Administrator of Elections Greg Mackay in a letter.

Mackay said the state Legislature could pass a law to allow an election for law director that would coincide with the Knox County general election in August. He said he hasn't heard if anyone is proposing to do this yet.

Former Law Director Bill Lockett resigned from office on April 8, the same day he pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from his former law firm, Kennerly, Montgomery and Finley, P.C., in Knoxville.

The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Lockett's law license on Thursday.

Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale has asked county commission to consider a resolution naming Deputy Knox County Law Director Joe Jarrett as the emergency interim director.

Commissioners will meet on the matter on Tuesday, April 20.

Then they'll start accepting resumes of candidates seeking to be appointed to the position. The appointed law director will only serve through the next election.

Lockett had two more years left in his term.

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