Replacements for term-limited Knox County office holders could be in place by the end of the month.
County Commission Chairman Scott Moore has called for a special commission meeting, January 31st, to appoint the dozen successors.
Critics say that's moving too quickly.
Mayor Mike Ragsdale has strongly suggested commissioners first hold a public forum to hear from qualified, potential candidates for the open seats.
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled commissioners must appoint replacements for the sheriff, trustee, county clerk, register of deeds and 8 county commissioners, but the justices gave no timetable for the process.
"Right now what's important is to get people in these offices on an interim basis so when you call the sheriff's office, a sheriff's deputy shows up at your house or business," Moore told Volunteer TV News. "If you want to pay your taxes on your house, the trustee's office is going to be open."
It will take a majority 10 of the 19 Knox County Commissioners to approve the specially called meeting.
That decision could come on Monday, at the commission's regularly scheduled meeting.
Stay with Volunteer TV News for continued updates on this developing story.
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