Commission May Reaffirm Magistrates Russell, Smith Rather Than Take New Applications

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

County Commission Chairman Fred Skillern said Wednesday he would like to see the commission reaffirm Chief Magistrate Randy Russell and Magistrate Sharetta Smith rather than seek a new pool of applicants.

Commissioner Marty Haynes, who heads the security and corrections committee, said he had no opposition to the idea.

He said his committee will meet next Wednesday to discuss the matter further.

Commissioner Haynes had announced that applications for magistrates would be taken March 10-17 and they would be interviewed March 25.

However, Chairman Skillern said, "We've got the best group of magistrates we've ever had. We have very few complaints."

He said when the application process is opened "we have candidates from as far as Knoxville. It's an ordeal for them and us."

The other two magistrates, whose terms are not yet up, are Ron Powers and Nathaniel Goggans.

The magistrates have one-year terms.

The chief magistrate makes $66,143 and the other magistrates are paid $61,143.

The magistrates set bonds and sign warrants at the county jail. They provide coverage on nights and weekends.



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