DEVELOPING: Chancellor rules Knox County's charter invalid
Chancellor John Weaver on Friday ruled the county's charter invalid, re-igniting the controversy over term limits for county officeholders.Dogs! Cats! Living together! Mass hysteria!
Chancellor invalidates county charter
A chancellor ruled today that Knox County’s charter is "invalid and ineffective," meaning the county would revert to the form of government outlined in the state constitution.I know the legal specifics are complicated, but it looks like in Knox County if you vote for something, it ain't necessarily so. Especially when various clerks and legal officials forget to turn in the charter to the state for 18 years. How can we expect them to cross the t's and dot the i's?
The ruling also invalidates term limits, which restricts the number of terms an elected official may serve.
So we continue, and barring appeals the county commissioners who should by all rights be sitting at home planning their next ventures are back in the saddle again. Probably for another 8-12 years each.
Where's Frankenstein when you need him?
"I was shocked," County Commissioner David Collins said.I think it's safe to say, "Be careful what you wish for, buddy." Oh, and thanks a lot guys...
Collins was one of five commissioners who filed suit, asking Chancellor Weaver to determine if the charter was valid or not. He did so in hopes of providing clarity on the issue of term limits and did not think the ruling would be as wide-ranging as it was.