Area Officials Express Interest in Trustee Post

With the resignation of former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III, a number of area officials are expressing interest in the position. So far, prospective candidates include Missy Wallen, who recently retired as president of BB&T Bank; County Commissioner Ed Shouse; former Trustee Fred Sisk; and former Commissioner Craig Leuthold, who is now the information director for the property assessor. Since Duncan resigned last week over charges of official misconduct, Kristin Phillips, a 20-year employee in the office, has been acting trustee. The county commission will interview candidates on July 15 and is expected to name a replacement by July 22, Knoxnews.com reports. Applicants have until noon July 15 to apply. In related news, the Knoxville paper calls on county commissioners to conduct an open process, arguing that the Trustee’s Office “has been in disarray for some time,” while another article looks at the history of the trustee’s office and those who have served at its head.