The Commission approved hiring Lori Moultrie for the position.
A committee of commissioners reviewed the 12 applications received and narrowed the choices down to their top three. The committee then held interviews and selected Moultrie.
“She has strong skills in what we are looking for,” 2nd District Commissioner Connie Wilson said.
Moultrie is a past director of MainStreet Cleveland and has experience in marketing.
Fourth District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe passed on voting. Lowe said he would have liked to see a summary of the applicants qualifications.
Wilson reminded commissioners that they had the opportunity to attend the interviews if they wanted.
“The fact that she has this experience and worked with community leaders, and [been] very successful in her work ... stood out,” 7th District Commissioner Bill Winters said. “The top three we had were excellent candidates ... but they did not have the experience (Moultrie) had. She seemed like a natural fit.”
Lowe passed because he felt he did not know enough about the person’s qualifications. He said a recent phone call he received asked about an appointment.
“I didn’t know anything about that individual, but I wound up voting to affirm that appointment,” Lowe said. “When it’s an appointment to a committee, it would be nice to just have a summary of the qualifications.”
Later, in the Commission’s regular work session 1st District Commissioner Ed Elkins said he agreed that a summary of qualifications for recommended appointments would be beneficial.
Also during the work session:
- Elkins suggested an ad hoc committee be formed to study making the environmental guidelines the environmental officer works under more clear. Elkins said the officer needs more legal power.
Environmental officer Joe Renner said many of the terms, such as overgrowth, in the Tennessee Code Annotated are not clearly defined.
“The way it is written there are a few areas that are gray,” Renner said.
He asked the Commission to try to make the codes a little stricter.
Wilson said this had been tried in the past but nothing got passed.
“I think we need to be cautious when we try to pass a one size fits all regulations,” 6th District Commissioner Mel Griffith said.
Yarber pointed out the county cannot pass ordinances like a city government can.
Commission Chairman Louie Alford said he and Renner would meet with the county attorney and determine what ambiguities could be addressed under state law. Later, a committee would be formed if needed.
- A proclamation thanking Governor Bill Haslam for his work during the 2011 tornado recovery was added to the voting agenda.
- The finance committee set a time to meet with Bradley County Schools officials to discuss how to combine funds to build a new academic building at Lake Forest Middle School. Funding the project will be discussed at the March 20 finance committee meeting.
Elkins said the committee wanted to see what funds the school system could contribute to the project and work from there.
Fifth District Commissioner Jeff Yarber said the school system in past discussions has not seemed to have much to work with. Yarber also pointed out BCS now had an added financial commitment in paying sales tax revenue to the city that was deemed due by the court.