Insurer refuses to issue new bond for interim Knox Co. Trustee

Insurer refuses to issue new bond for interim Knox County Trustee


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Problems in the Knox County Trustee's Office have created a new roadblock for the woman who's temporarily in charge.

Insurance provider The Hartford has refused to issue a bond for Interim Trustee Kristin Phillips.

The company cites what it calls, "a track record of misconduct with the position of Trustee for Knox County."

County Finance Director Chris Caldwell says The Hartford has asked for more information about the position.

A spokesman for the Mayor Tim Burchett's office says the county's bond broker feels that more spending controls on the office could ease The Hartford's concerns.

Former Trustee John Duncan III, son of Congressman Jimmy Duncan, resigned and pleaded guilty to misconduct charges earlier this month.

Mike Lowe, another former trustee, and several of his employees face theft charges.

Commission is set to name a new interim trustee to fill Duncan's term at its meeting on Monday.

Commission Chair Tony Norman told 6 News he's concerned it could be another serious complication in the appointment process.

Meanwhile, the county trustee's office can continue its normal intake and accounting functions and Caldwell says the county investment program remains unchanged.

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