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|County Board Votes Against Recorder Pick
|The Knox County Board unanimously voted against a measure to hire an interim county recorder Wednesday.
The Knox County Democratic Central Committee recommended the board approve Joe Gaskill of Abingdon for the position.
Board members, however, all voted against the appointment.
District Four Board member Wayne Saline tells WGIL Knox County should follow the example of another county in a similar situation.
"They still have the 60 days they would have to comply with, and they have already made the announcement that they're not going to fill the position; they're going to allow the deputy to hold the office until the election," Saline said. "I think that't the prudent thing to do."
There is speculation Gaskill was not approved because of actions he took while he served on the Indian Point Township Board.
"I think there were some people in the county who were making phone calls and contacting board members making a lot of disparaging comments about Mr. Gaskill," said Norm Winick, Knox County Democratic Party Chairman.
Gaskill did not want to talk with reporters after the meeting and board members were tight lipped as to why they voted against him.
The central committee will now have to recommend another replacement, a suggestion the board hopes to have within two weeks.
The recorder position came open after it was discovered Paula Monzo was stealing money from the Knox County Democratic Party. Republican Carol Hallam, deputy director and candidate for Monzo's unexpired term in the November election, is running the Recorder office on an interim basis, following Monzo's resignation and subsequent plea to misdemeanor theft charges, jail time, and drug treatment.
|06 30 10 by Newsroom
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