Chancellor Decision on Sunshine Law Violation Expected Friday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) No decision today on what penalty Knox County Commissioners will face for violating the Open Meetings Act.

Knox County Chancellor Daryl Fansler's secretary confirms that the decision will be released tomorrow by noon.

By law, Fansler has to submit a written memorandum to the court based on the jury's verdict.

The chancellor has a lot riding on his shoulder's right now.

He has to decide how the commission must rectify the appointments of 12 office holders on January 31st.

The big question: Will Fansler bring back the original 19 commissioners including those who were term-limited to redo the appointments.

He may decide that only 11 commissioners who were not term-limited should make the appointments.

Here are the 12 appointments in limbo right now: Sheriff J. J. Jones, County Clerk Billy Tindell, Register of Deeds Sherry Witt, Trustee Brad Sisk and Commissioners Josh Jordan, Chuck Bolus, Richard Cate, Lee Tramel, Frank Leuthold, Sharon Cawood, Jack Huddleston and Tim Greene.

Chancellor Fansler orginally he hoped to have his ruling in today, but he's technically allowed to take as long as he needs.

The decision tomorrow won't be announced in court.

Fansler says everything will take place in his office and we'll be notified once the final ruling is submitted.

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