Note: This story was updated at 1:50 p.m.
Seven people have applied for the vacant Oak Ridge City Council seat. Council is expected to fill the seat on Monday, July 9.
The seven who applied by the Thursday deadline are Susan Frederick, Derrick Hammond, Lynda Marcoux, Delores Moyer, Zach Panter, Timothy Stallings, and Darris Upton.
The vacancy was created when Council member Hans Vogel resigned at the end of June to move for a job at Idaho National Laboratory.
The person appointed Monday will serve through the November municipal election. The person elected in a special election in that November 6 election will then serve out the final two years of Vogel’s four-year term.
Here is some brief biographical information about the seven candidates, possibly including their three most recent jobs, education, and up to four volunteer or other activities:
- Susan L. “Sue” Frederick—former senior buyer for SAIC Shared Services Center (2011-2014) and ShinMaywa (California) Ltd. (1996-2006), and former senior negotiator for McDonnell Douglas (1993-1995); a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA in 1980 and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from USC in 1972; Explore Oak Ridge board member, Community Mediation Services mediator, Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association grants chair, ADFAC Affordable Housing Committee, and other activities.
- Derrick M. Hammond—pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Oak Ridge since 2014, former church administrator at First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, Virginia (2010-2014), and church business administrator at First Calvary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina (2007-2010); a dual master of divinity and master of business administration from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 1999; Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce board member, Emory Valley Center board member, United Way of Anderson County board member, Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation board member, and other activities.
- Lynda J. Marcoux—account executive for CHP Dosimetry since 2016, customer service/packing and shipping expert at The Mail Center (2014-2016), and store manager at The UPS Store (2011-2014); high school diploma.
- Delores C. Moyer—health care administrator and consultant in the long-term care industry for the past 14 years, interim assignments and consultant work related to ensuring ongoing compliance and other activities such as writing policies and procedures, performed administrative and consultant work from 1991-1998; associates degree in biology from Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland, bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University; taught at Christian Brothers University in Memphis for five years, serving on Oak Ridge board/commission for education and health doing volunteer work as ombudsman for state of Tennessee at several long-term care facilities in Oak Ridge area, lecturer at Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning in long-term care services at Roane State Community College, and volunteer for The Heritage Foundation.
- Zach Panter—paramedic and field training officer for Priority Ambulance in Knoxville since May 2017, work including bartending at The Casual Pint of Farragut since 2014, providing ambulance services to Oak Ridge and Anderson County as part of Anderson County EMS (May 2006-December 2015); general studies at Oak Ridge High School and emergency medical and paramedic training at Roane State Community College (2003-2005 and 2009-2010).
- Timothy L. Stallings—executive director of Choices Resource Center in Oak Ridge since July 2015, executive pastor of Ridgepoint Church in Oak Ridge since January 2009, business manager/counselor at Focus Group Prison Ministries in Knoxville (January 2009-July 2015); master’s degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1987, bachelor’s degree in accounting from Union University of Jackson, Tennessee, in 1981, master of divinity in counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998; served on Oak Ridge City Council from 1991-1995, serve on the Supervisory Committee at Enrichment Federal Credit Union, played college football for Tennessee Technological University, involved in community organizations and activities in Oak Ridge and Knoxville area for past 28 years.
- Darris K. Upton—internship with City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods (August 2017-April 2018), internship with Knoxville Community Community Action Committee (April 2016-April 2017), United States Navy, including as administrative department supervisor and air traffic controller (March 1998-October 2012); master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee in May 2018, bachelor’s degree in social work from UT in May 2017; member of City of Knoxville Mayor’s Council on disability issues, president of Masters Social Work Organization, president of Bachelors Social Work Organization, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Vogel was elected to a four-year term in November 2016. He served through June 30. He was moving to Idaho to become director of strategic irradiation capability for the Advanced Test Reactor at INL, which is in Idaho Falls.
Besides the special election to fill Vogel’s seat on November 6, there will also be a regular election for the four City Council seats currently held by Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, Mayor Pro Tem Rick Chinn, and City Council members Kelly Callison and Ellen Smith.
The seven-member City Council has staggered terms, meaning four seats are up for election one even-numbered year and three others are up for election the next even-numbered year. The next regular election for the seat now held by Vogel will be in November 2020, at the same time as the next regular elections for the seats now held by City Council members Jim Dodson and Chuck Hope.
You can see the election information for Monday here.
You can see the agenda for the Monday night meeting here. It starts at 7 p.m. July 9 in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Courtroom at 200 South Tulane Avenue.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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