Johnson in charge of Lenoir City clerk's office
LENOIR CITY - Lenoir City Treasurer-Recorder Bobby Johnson Jr. is once again in charge of the city court clerk's office.
In an unusual chain of events Monday, the sitting five members of the Lenoir City Council voted to return the control of the clerk's office to Johnson after an executive session was called following completion of the meeting's agenda.
"I wasn't expecting it by any means," Johnson said. "It wasn't even on the agenda."
Following the retirement of the previous court clerk in April 2007, the City Council appointed a clerk and placed control of the clerk's office under Judge Terry Vann.
Once elected to the treasurer-recorder post in November 2008, Johnson began seeking to bring control of the city court clerk's office back under that position. A referendum in August 2008 affirmed that the court clerk should remain under the control of the treasurer-recorder.
Despite affirming opinions from the state Attorney General's office, the City Council had voted 3-2 in May not to return control of the clerk's office to Johnson.
While saying he had no idea why the council decided to act Monday night, Johnson did confirm that he recently sent a letter to 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson asking him to look into the issue.
City Councilman Douglas Buddy Hines said the panel - which was without Councilman Tony Aikens and Mayor Matt Brookshire - decided to take action to keep in compliance with the law and to make sure the current success in collecting revenue continued.
"This was a good move," Hines said. "We were concerned about keeping that office running well."
Johnson Jr. regains control of Lenoir City court clerk
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"It came to us to ask Mrs. Maggie Hunt, when she was asked to the interim clerk, she decided after a short while she did not want to do the clerk work and be the court reporter for (City Court Judge) Terry Vance's court," said Vice Mayor Eddie Simpson, who was sitting in for Mayor Matt Brookshire, who was absent from the meeting.