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Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 23, 2014

Hamilton County’s chancellors denied a request for a list of Clerk and Master applicants, then ordered the records sealed, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The chancellors are seeking a replacement for Lee Akers, who will retire when his term ends in August. Chancellors W. Frank Brown and Jeffery Atherton began interviewing potential replacements this month, but refused to disclose the names of the attorneys seeking the position. However, Elisha Hodge, open records counsel for the state of Tennessee, says the Open Records Act doesn't exempt applicants for public office. "Resumes, applications, references and other records related to potential employment constitute public records in Tennessee," Hodge said in an email to the newspaper.