City Council Approves Kyle Hedrick As New Administrative Hearing Officer

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The City Council on Tuesday approved Kyle Hedrick as the city's first administrative hearing officer.

City Attorney Wade Hinton said the establishment of a second administrative hearing officer should come in late September or early October. Officials said former City Judge Walter Williams has been pegged for that spot.

Donna Williams, economic development director, said $59,500 has been budgeted for the first year of the program.

She noted the officer would be able to put down fines of up to $500 per day. City judges are limited to $50 a day.

However, Ms. Williams said the city could not afford to send all of the environmental cases that now go to City Court to the new set-up.

She said the officer would hear cases involving overgrowth, litter, inadequate maintenance of property and inoperable vehicles.

Attorney Hedrick also serves East Ridge, Red Bank and Collegedale as administrative hearing officer.

City Attorney Wade Hinton said he would not need to be trained.

It has yet to be determined where the cases will be heard or exactly when it will start.

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