Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 11, 2013

Four candidates vying for commission vacancy

By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer

CROSSVILLE — A total of four candidates have had their names approved for consideration to be named to a vacant seat in the 2nd Civil District on the Cumberland County Commission.

Last month the county established Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 4 p.m. as the deadline for all interested qualified citizens from the 2nd Civil District to offer their names as candidates for the vacancy. The names were submitted to Kenneth Carey Jr., Cumberland County mayor.

The following qualified citizens from the 2nd Civil District have offered their names as candidates for the vacancy in the office of 2nd District Cumberland County commissioner:

Roy K. (Tom) Isham, Jack E. Miller, Caroline E. Knight and Joseph B. Patton.

The Cumberland County Commission will appoint someone from the names submitted at the regular county commission meeting Monday, March 18, 2013, at 6 p.m. The person who is elected and appointed by the commission will serve until the next election in August 2014.

The vacancy was created after 2nd District County Commissioner Robert Safdie turned in his resignation effective Jan. 31, 2013.

Safdie cited health concerns. Safdie had held one of the 2nd District county commission seats since 2006.

First District Commissioner and County Parliamentarian Harry Sabine told his colleagues. "We have to, by law, fill the vacancy within three months."

As in the past, interested citizens will be allowed to address the commission — or have a representative do so for them — with a limit of 10 minutes per person. The commission will then, during the same meeting, select a replacement to fill the vacancy, Sabine said.

Sabine said he would nominate all who submitted a letter, "because I think that is the fair thing to do."

A vote will be taken and if a candidates does not receive nine votes, the person receiving the least number of votes will be dropped from consideration and a second vote will be taken.

The process will continue for as many votes as it takes for one candidate to receive the required majority of nine votes.

All votes must be taken in public, Sabine added, stating that state law prevents secret ballots from be used in the process.
The reason nine votes are required instead of ten is because the vacancy leaves 17 on the commission, with nine making up a majority. Once elected, the new county commissioner will be sworn in and take the seat immediately.

The county commission meeting will be on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 6 p.m.