Term Limits for Commissioners and County Mayor

The Home Rule Charter set 2 – four year terms for county commissioner and county mayor. They cannot seek election again until out of the office for 4 years.

Policy and budget makers should be citizens who want to do their civic duty but not become career politicians.

No other elected county officials will be affected by the Lincoln County Home Rule Charter term limit requirement.

Found at Section 2.03. Membership and Election.

Found at 3.04. Term, Qualifications, and Compensation.

New Citizens Ethics Committee

Currently the ethics committee consists of five (5) county commissioners.

The new ethic committee will be made up of Lincoln county citizens who are independent of the county government, none of which shall be a county employee, official, officer, or have a member of the immediate family who is a county employee, official, or officer.

Found at Section 12.01. Ethics Committee.

Adopts TN Strict Conflict of Interest Rule

The director, purchasing agent, members of the committee, members of the county legislative body, or other officials, employees, or members of the board of education or highway commission shall not have any financial interest or have any personal beneficial interest, either directly or indirectly, in the purchase of any supplies, materials, equipment or contractual services for the county.

Found at Section 12.03. Conflict of Interest.

Reduction To Nine County Commissioners

Tennessee state law requires a minimum of 9 and allows maximum of 25 commissioners.

To be in compliance with Tennessee State the Home Rule Charter is requiring one per district (8 districts) and one commissioner will run county-wide, at large.

Total commissioners shall be 9 as opposed to the 24 we have now.

After phase-in of the Home Rule Charter the commissioner will have even numbers elected in one election cycle and odd numbers elected in a different election cycle.

The terms of office will still be 4 years but this will allow for continuity in the County Commission.

Found at Section 2.03.B. Membership and Election.

Voters Must Approve Changes to Charter

This provision states a majority of the voters of Lincoln County has to approve all changes to the charter by a referendum, the County Commission cannot make changes (amendments) to the charter without approval of the voters.

Found at Section 9.07. Amendments to this Charter.

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