Knox Commissioners look ahead to an open selection day

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Knoxville (WVLT) -- There are 41 candidates up for appointments Wednesday, eleven for the four office seats and 30 for the nine county commission seats.

Eleven for the four office seats and 30 for the nine county commission seats.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford has more on the candidates and how the commission plans to make the appointments honestly.

The nine remaining commissioners have been attending various candidate forums for the past two months, learning as much as they can about all of them before they make some very important appointments.

And you can bet the public will be keeping a close eye on them.

"Strong leadership, responsibility and accountability," That's exactly what candidate Dr. Richard Briggs says he'll being to the County Commission if appointed.

"It's been a long process that started back in the first of November for me," Briggs won the February Primary and is confident he'll be appointed tomorrow so he can prove his leadership in time for the August election.

Briggs says, "I have to listen to the voters and the voters will then decide whether they like what they see when we make our decisions."

Nine commissioners will make twelve appointments Wednesday, and they guarantee it will be nothing like the appointments that sent them to trial last year.

Knox County Commissioner Mike Hammond says, "Not everybody's going to agree with everything we do tomorrow, but I hope that people will see that it has been a better process than what we had before."

Briggs says, "We saw what happened when we didn't do it in an open and honest manner."

New Chairman Tank Strickland says everyone will have a voice, most importantly all out in public, "It's going to be an open process because I'm going to let the people have their say, all the candidates have their say and the commission's going to have their say."

Strickland says candidates will answer a lot of questions from the current commissioners, with hopes that they'll find the just the right people to bring back trust within Knox County government.

Hammond says, "The expectation is for them to roll up their sleeves and get to work."

The newly appointed commissioners will go over Monday's commission meeting agenda on Friday and then are expected to vote on Monday.

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