2 Knox Co. employees resign over alcohol-involved incident

2 Knox Co. employees resign over alcohol-involved incident

Hemal Tailor (source: Knox County) Hemal Tailor (source: Knox County)
Jonathan Griswold (source: Knox County) Jonathan Griswold (source: Knox County)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two Knox County employees resigned Thursday, one accused of driving a county vehicle after drinking alcohol, and the other accused of covering it up.

Hemal Tailor, 42, resigned as Senior Director of Community Outreach. She had worked for the county since 2001 and oversaw senior services and veterans services.

Mayor Tim Burchett will appoint an interim and services will not be interrupted.

Jonathan Griswold, 35, former Community Outreach Manager, also resigned Thursday. He worked for the Department of Engineering and Public Works.

Personnel records indicate Griswold consumed alcohol and then drove a county vehicle on an undetermined date. The record then says he lied to a supervisor when confronted with a Hot Line report.

Tailor's record indicated she lied about having knowledge of Griswold's actions, and encouraged or intimidated subordinates to do the same.

The mayor's office says law enforcement was not involved in the incident.

Tailor and Griswold did not work in the same department. Neither could be reached for comment.

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