Knox Commission seeks applicants to replace John Duncan

Knox Commission seeks applicants to replace former Trustee John Duncan III

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An official notice has been issued by the Knox County Commission to seek applicants for the county trustee job.

The trustee office is open after former Trustee John Duncan III pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to official misconduct and resigned from office.

Duncan, the son of U.S. Congressman John Duncan, Jr., stepped down as part of a plea agreement.  

An investigation showed Duncan gave himself and staff members a bonus for completing online courses, though the course work was not completed.

Kristin Phillips, a 20-year trustee's office employee, is serving as interim trustee until the commission appoints a replacement.

"We will accept resumes. We will have a public hearing and have them go through a formal interview process and then we'll vote," Commissioner Mike Hammond said Tuesday.

Hammond said he would rather appoint someone not interested in running in 2014 to avoid politicizing the appointment.

In an official notice issued Wednesday, Commission Chairman Tony Norman said applications will be accepted until July 15 at noon.

The commission will meet at 1 p.m. the same day to consider candidates for the job.

A vote on an appointment will be taken at the commission's regular meeting, July 22, at 2 p.m.

Applications can be mailed, emails, faxed or hand-delivered to:

Office of the Knox County Commission
Suite 603, City County Building
400 Main Avenue
Knoxville, Tenn. 37902
Phone: (865) 215-2534
Fax: (865) 215-2038

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