Charter Amendment Inches Forward; Recall Petition Continues

On Monday, the Knox County Commission will meet and likely approve the first step towards allowing voters to amend the county charter so that they can remove from office the people they elected.

County Law Director Bill Lockett remains the inspiration for the movement. He confessed earlier this year to intercepting funds intended for his law firm but declined to resign. As the charter currently reads, the county would incur a cost of $500,000 to remove Lockett because it would be required to hold a special primary and election.

If the Commission passes the resolution, approved Monday by the finance committee, then it would become the basis for an ordinance to be voted on by the Commission next month. Should that ordinance pass, it would appear on a ballot in August, as charter amendments must be approved by voters.

The Commission will meet at 2 p.m. in the main assembly room of the City-County Building.

Speaking of removing county officials named Bill, the movement to recall school board member Bill Phillips, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault against his wife earlier this year, continues next week. Only residents of District 8 are eligible to sign the petition, which requires 15 percent of the district to move forward for a vote in August.

If you qualify and want to add your name, you can do so Oct. 27 at the Mascot Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m.