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|Knox County Board Member Resigns; County PIO Unaware of Move
|The Knox County Board will consider accepting the resignation of a longtime member Wednesday night.
Knox County Board Chair Greg 'Chops' Bacon says District three Democrat Dale Parsons has submitted his resignation. Bacon says Parsons cited a lack of time to devote to the board's activities as his reason for stepping down. Bacon says Parsons' resignation will be effective this Friday. It was submitted to both Bacon and Knox County Democratic Party Chair Norm Winick.
Winick and the Democratic party will have to hold a caucus to select a person to fill out the remainder of Parsons' tenure on the board, which runs until next year.
Winick tells WGIL his group is just part of the entire process of naming a new member.
"It is the chairman's pick however, and we would hope he would go along with who we recommend but it is only that - a recommendation. At that point, the chairman makes a selection, if the board approves the person, they will serve until the next election, just the remainder of the term."
Parsons has served with the county board since 1994 and was re-elected three times.
Bacon called Parsons a good board member to work with and said his resignation won't be official until the board votes to accept it at Wednesday night's meeting.
Gary Tomlin, who was hired by the county board as a public information officer, said that he had "nothing concrete" on the issue, but he was working to submit an official press release with more information. Tomlin later did send audio of Parsons announcing he was stepping down from the board during the July 21st Highway Committee meeting.
Bacon says Tomlin is doing a great job keeping him informed on a number of issues. He says he couldn't do his job as Knox County Board Chair without someone like Tomlin.
|07 29 09 by Newsroom
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