Loudon commission looks to name new property assessor by Sept. 19

By Jim Balloch knoxnews.com
Loudon County Commission is gearing up to select a new property assessor, and the decision could be made as early as its next regular meeting on Sept. 19.

At least five people are known to have expressed interest in the job so far.

Commissioners will interview candidates for the job at a meeting to be scheduled for sometime before Sept. 19, Commission Chairman Roy Bledsoe said Tuesday.

The candidate selected will fill the unexpired term of Chuck Jenkins, who authorities believe committed suicide on July 31 in his Lenoir City home.

That term extends through August 2012, when the post will be on the ballot during the county general election. The winner will be sworn in for a full term in early September. The post will also be on the March 2012 primary election ballot, according to the Loudon County Election Commission.

Acting property assessor Jane Smith, who has worked in the office for a number of years, has expressed interest in the post. Others known to have publicly expressed interest include Michael Campbell, a real estate businessman and appraiser; J. Neill Murphy, an accountant; banker Ed Bell; and Loudon County resident Larry Brown.