THE MANY HATS HE WEARS
BY: PAT HUNTER
February 27. 2011
How many hats should an elected official wear? How do you shuffle from one role to another and keep them apart? How do you do a good job without interfering with the other? How do you avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest?
Eddie Simpson is a co-owner of several businesses, and a developer (Executive Meadows) but that hasn't slowed him down. Simpson ran for public office and was elected to Lenoir City Council in 1999. He also serves on the Lenoir City Board of Zoning Appeals, and Lenoir City Regional Planning Commission. Residential and commercial development issues, signage and road issues, routinely come up at planning meetings. How do you separate your business or developer interests when the planning commission helps craft policies and recommendations for development and other related matters?
He was also elected as Loudon County Road Superintendent and assumed his full-time position in September 2010.
For years, the County Executive (George Miller) and County Mayor (Doyle Arp), chaired the EDA meetings and took the lead role in economic development however, new County Mayor Estelle Herron declined to serve as Chairperson. Subsequently, at the Sept. 23, 2011 Board meeting, Eddie Simpson was elected as Chairperson of the Loudon County Economic Development Agency (EDA). The EDA Board also approved guidelines for how local government will evaluate proposals (industry) for the PILOT" program (incentives e.g. tax). This matter has yet to be discussed at any commission meeting; the governing bodies (Loudon County, Lenoir and Loudon City must approve this proposed program before implementation. I wonder when they'll get around to telling the taxpayers.
EDA CHAIRMAN - CAPTAIN OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Eddie Simpson (l), Bruce Giles (citizen-at-large), Dale Hurst (Lenoir City Administrator)
At the Sept. 23, 2011 EDA Board meeting, attorney Harvey Sproul motioned, which was seconded by Bruce Giles,
to nominate Eddie Simpson as Chairman, Commissioner Don Miller as Vice-Chairman, and businessman Charlie Bettis as Treasurer.
LOUDON COUNTY ROAD SUPERINTENDENT
KING OF THE ROAD
Eddie Simpson elected as Loudon County Road Superintendent. He assumes his duties September 2010.
Loudon County Commission Meeting
LENOIR CITY COUNCIL MEMBER
Mayor Tony Aikens, Councilman Mike Henline, Eddie Simpson, Douglas "Buddy" Hines & former Treasurer-Recorder Bobby Johnson Jr.
Nov. 16, 2010 Special Called meeting.
Ex-Lenoir City clerk alleges councilman pressured
LENOIR CITY UTILITIES BOARD (LCUB)
LCUB Board member Eddie Simpson attends Jan. 2011 4:00 PM LCUB Meeting -
FUD Manager Bruce Giles (r) attends LCUB Board meeting to discuss water contract.
LENOIR CITY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
Lenoir City Planners discuss an annexation policy at the February 2011 meeting.