WYSH Radio/Oak Ridge Today
The Anderson County Commission has voted to replace Chris Phillips in Commission District 4 with the man whose vacated seat he won in August.
Phillips resigned his Commission seat—won in the August 7 election—so that he could return to work as the county’s budget and accounts director after leaving that post earlier this year to become city recorder in his native Rocky Top. Phillips left the county government to help the town update its accounting practices as it makes the transition from Lake City to Rocky Top and prepares for what is expected to be a busy time for the city.
Phillips was elected along with incumbent Tim Isbel to serve on the Commission but resigned last month.
On Monday morning (October 20), commissioners replaced Phillips with former Commissioner Zach Bates, who did not run for re-election to the Commission in August after having unsuccessfully challenged County Mayor Terry Frank in the Republican primary.
Bates was sworn in and began his service to District 4 immediately following the Monday vote during the County Commission’s quarterly daytime meeting. District 4 includes Lake City, Briceville, and Rosedale.