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BOMA slates retreat
Harkins hiring stalls

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen announced an upcoming weekend “planning session” at its meeting Thursday, July 23.

“The Board of Mayor and Aldermen are going on a retreat to develop some strategic plans for the Town,” Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill said.

“We’ll be talking about what is it we see for the future of Farragut, [and] what it’s going to take to get there,” he added.

The meeting will be held in Sevierville the weekend of Aug. 15. Per the Sunshine Law, press and public are invited.

Another item the Board will consider on the retreat is the process for recruiting a new Town administrator.

Municipal Technical Advisory Service liaison Melanie Purcell advised the Board concerning staff asking for changes to the TA job description, which would have to be taken back to the personnel committee and Janet Curry, human resources coordinator.

She advised Board members to discuss these changes, and the process as a whole at their retreat.

However, the Board did unanimously approve MTAS as the coordinator of the process.

“I would like to thank Melanie at this time … we really do appreciate everything you’ve done,” Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche said.

The Board also postponed consideration of appointing Knox County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ben Harkins as its automated camera law enforcement official.

Town Attorney Tom Hale said contract details were still being hammered out, but the Town should not postpone later than its next meeting, Aug. 13.

“They’re going to be putting up those cameras soon,” Hale said.

Hale said there was some slight confusion over how the position should be handled.

“The original concept behind this was that this arrangement to monitor red light cameras … was going to be under contract with the Sheriff’s Office,” Hale said.

However, since Harkins has applied, that concept has changed, since Harkins will be retiring from KCSO in December.

“We’ve been trying to figure out how we can make an arrangement that would bridge the time between now and when he will retire,” Hale said.

The contract originally had provisions for Harkins to work as an independent contractor until his retirement and then become a part-time employee of the Town.

Curry said the part-time employee job description would have to be reviewed by the personnel committee before it was approved.

“It was unclear to me if Capt. Harkins was going to be comfortable with having the independent contractor part of the contract worked out without having the second part … [also] tied down,” Hale said.

“I want to make sure we don’t have a misunderstanding,” he added.

The Board deferred the matter to its first meeting in August.


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