Knox County Fiscal Court Stalemate Ends

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

A three day stalemate in the Knox County Fiscal Court ended Friday night, as all five magistrates met with the judge executive in a special session.

Knox County Judge Executive Raymond Smith shut down the county's road and sheriff's department earlier on Friday, after three county magistrates failed to show up at three scheduled fiscal court meetings.

Judge Executive Smith says that when the magistrates failed to show up for the meetings.

The county was unable to approve money for fuel, thereby shutting down the two county departments.

One of the magistrates in question says there's a reason why he didn't attend

All five Knox County magistrates were in attendance Friday night.

It was the lack of attendance the three previous days that angered Judge Executive Raymond Smith.

"Some tried to negotiate county business by a standoff or boycott, and the truth is we're all to come," Judge Smith said.

"Disagree, agree, compromise, vote, and then go on with county business," Magistrate Carson Gilbert said.

Magistrate Carson Gilbert says he missed the Monday meeting, but needs notice before a new meeting is scheduled.

"The KRS number explains a magistrate, or the press, is to get a notice 24 hours in advance of the meeting. It's the law," Gilbert said.

Smith had sheriff's deputies hand deliver meeting agendas to the magistrates' homes and says that after tonight county business and county bills, can go on as planned.

"It's not a spirit of cooperation, it's disagreement, or else we're all just mindless robots," Smith said.

Smith says the meeting, with all in attendance, is the culmination of what should happen in county government with things getting done.

One thing voted on was a resolution finalizing the sale of the Knox County Hospital, to Pacer Health.


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