County Employees Prohibited from Serving on Comission, Lawsuit Follows

One of the charter changes approved last year prohibits county employees from serving on the Knox County Commission. We hear a lawsuit is being prepared on behalf of county employees and school system employees to overturn the amendment as unconstitutional.

The suit argues that it is unconstitutional to prevent all county and school employees from serving in public office.

The provision is part of the charter amendment that reduces the size of commission beginning with the next election. The 19 members are reduced to one commissioner in each of the nine districts and two commissioners elected countywide.

It's not clear what effect a court decision overturning the employee prohibition would have on the entire charter amendment, which reduces the size of commission and creates new districts.

We'd ask the law director, but, well, you know.