State Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Term Limits
Broadcast Date: January 14, 2007
On Friday the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that term limits for county offices, spelled out in Knox County's Charter and passed by voters in 1994, are valid. The unanimous ruling said that county commissioners and other county elected officials, including the sheriff, are limited to two terms in office.
Commissioner John Schmid, who argued in favor of term limits, joins Gene Patterson in the first segment. Because he has already served two terms, in effect, he supported removing himself from office.
Later in the program, they are joined by former Knoxville mayor Randy Tyree, who has put his name up for consideration to fill the now-open sheriff's office.
In the final segment, Craig Griffith, a former deputy to Mayor Victor Ashe and now the communications officer at Mercy Partners, talks about about how the city went through a similar transition to term limits.
This program preempts the originally scheduled interview with Mayor Bill Haslam. It has been rescheduled for Jan. 21.