THE HUNTER REPORT
HOW MUCH WILL TAXPAYERS PAY FOR MAYOR'S PLANS?
MAYOR HERRON GIGGLES ... PLANNER RUSS NEWMAN TO RETIRE
BY: PAT HUNTER
At Monday's (Jan. 13th) Commission meeting, during Commission and County Mayor Estelle Herron's discussion about moving the Board of Education Central Office personnel from the County Office Building to the Tech Center in Lenoir City, Mayor Herron spoke about her plans to move the Veteran's Office from the Annex to the County Office Building. The Veteran's office budget has also grown.
Mayor Herron also spoke about the Loudon County Planning and Codes Enforcement office, which is currently headed by planner Russ Newman.
And out of the blue, Mayor Herron started giggling and she blurred out "Do I tell this Russ now or do I tell it later? I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Mr. Newman is retiring in June." Herron said that she plans to hire a planner, down the road.
Mayor Herron is growing government. Leo Bradshaw was the director of Purchasing-Maintenance who retired on June 30, 2013.
Subsequently, the departments were split. She hired Joan Lovelace to head the Purchasing Dept, and Brian Brown to head the Maintenance Dept.
Gordon Harless was the director of the Convenience Center, Animal Shelter and Homeland Security- Emergency Management.
Now Gordon Harless is the director of the Convenience Center. Mayor Herron hired Shasta Raby as the manager of the Animal Shelter, and Daryl Smith as the Director of Homeland Security-EMA.
It's no wonder Mayor Herron is in dire need for more office space; growing government at taxpayer expense.