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Honken, Holladay take seats

The Thursday, June 1, meeting of the Farragut Municipal Plan-ning Commission concerned a much-debated topic, but new FMPC members Ron Honken and Rita Holladay took the matter in stride.

Honken, 41, was appointed to the position to replace Steve Hildebrand, who resigned from the Commission due to personal

obligations. Im really looking forward to working with the Commission, Honken said prior to the meeting.

A Farragut resident since 1998, Honken is an executive vice president for Great West Casualty Company.

I run the southeast region office, he said. Were a specialty insurance company. All we insure is the trucking industry.

Honken said he has been involved with the town since 1999, when he became involved with the Personnel Committee. Prior to his appointment to the FMPC, he served as chairman of that


I was on the Development Process Review Evaluation Committee from about May to September of last year, Honken said. I was the secretary of that. That was a short-term group. Our job was to review the development process for the town of Farragut and make recommendations. We met with developers and some citizens and so forth. It was really a very eye-opening experience.

Honken said he also had ventured into politics last year when he ran against the seat currently held by Alderman Tom Rosseel.

Ive always felt a person needs to give back to the community where he lives, he said. I grew up in the construction business and have always been interested in codes and things like that. I dont really have an agenda for the FMPC.

Honken and his wife, Cathy, have two sons.

Holladay, 56, will take the place of outgoing commissioner Holly Kelly, whose term expired.

Holladay has lived in Farragut for more than 16 years, she said. She earned her masters degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee.

I worked for the City of Knoxville in what I call another lifetime, back when I got out of school, she said. I also worked for the Institute of Public Service before I worked for the City. They do broad-range research and whatever research the local municipalities need.

Holladay said she became involved in Farragut town matters several years ago. At the prompting of two friends who knew of her experience in personnel, Holladay said she applied for and was accepted as part of the town Personnel Committee.

She also served on the Development Process Review Evaluation Committee.

I learned a lot about the municipal planning commission during the process, she said.

She and her husband, Jim, have two sons.


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