Fox, 67, retired in March 2015 after 43
years of practicing law. Unlike two other
candidates considered for the temporary
position, he had no intention of seeking the
post in August.
Councilman Harry Wampler said he didnít want
the public to think council was endorsing
either of two candidates that sought the
ďObviously, there are three candidates
applying, and as Mr. Wampler said, we donít
want to ó city council doesnít want to give
the impression that weíre endorsing anyone,Ē
Lenoir City Mayor Tony Aikens said after the
Aikens said he believed voters should have a
say in who should take over for the
remainder of Vannís term. Vann succumbed to
cancer last month.
ďThe very important part is weíre giving
people the choice, and itís a very important
position, and itís going to be a seven-year
give or take few months job,Ē Aikens said
after the meeting. ď... I just want to give
the people the opportunity to prove who they
want to put in there. I donít think ó plus
itís four months off. If it was a couple
years off it may be different, but itís not.
Itís four months off, and they should have
Harrison said the other two candidates were
Robin McNabb, an attorney who has been with
Knoxville firm Wise & Reeves P.C. for eight
years, and Porsche Shantz, who has an
ďextensive history in the practice of law,Ē
including serving as a staff attorney for
the court of criminal appeals and court of
appeals in Tennessee. Both are seeking the
permanent position, in addition to Walter
Johnson, who was not present at the meeting.
Fox served as an assistant district attorney
general in the Ninth Judicial District, had
a private practice in East Tennessee and
served as an interim substitute at city
court in Lenoir City and at Loudon County
General Sessions Court.
Applicants had until April 7 to turn in
resumes to Harrison.
ďIím just going to carry out the
responsibilities of city judge and hold
court and deal with disputes and accept the
guilty pleas that have been negotiated and
just do the same thing that city judge has
done before,Ē Fox said after the meeting.
ďIíve sat probably 10 or 12 times on various
occasions in this court over the years for
Judge Vann when (he) could not be available.
... I sat in a number of times for him.
Plus, Iíve practiced in this court too. Iíve
had clients in this court, too, so Iím
familiar with it.Ē