Commission seeks applicants to fill constable vacancy

Published 4:50 pm Monday, February 5, 2018

Later this month, members of the Carter County Commission will appoint a new constable to represent the county’s 4th district following the resignation of an elected constable.

During the January meeting of the County Commission, Commissioner Charles VonCannon read a letter of resignation which he received from now-former constable Tim Lyons who had represented the 4th District. VonCannon said Lyons approached him and asked that he read the letter of resignation during the Commission meeting. Lyons had already qualified as a candidate for the upcoming May Primary Election, but following his resignation, he submitted a letter of withdrawal to the Carter County Election Commission.

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The Commission is now tasked with appointing a replacement who will serve out the remainder of Lyons’ term of office, which will expire on August 31, 2018.

Those interested in applying for the post can fill out an application for appointment through the County Court Clerk’s Office. Applicants can also submit a resume.

Applications must be received by the County Court Clerk’s Office by 4:30 p.m. on or before Feb. 13. Once the Clerk’s Office receives the application, it is then forwarded to the Carter County Election Commission to certify the applicant is qualified for the appointment.

Under state law, to be eligible to serve as an elected constable an individual must be at least 21 years of age, be a qualified voter of the district they are seeking election to represent, possess at least a high school diploma or general educational development (GED) certificate, not have been convicted of a felony in any state or federal court, and not have been separated or discharged from the armed forces of the United States with other than an honorable discharge.

As of Monday, three applications had been sent to the Election Commission to be qualified.

When the County Commission meets on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the members will appoint a new constable from the applicants. Each of the individuals who apply will be allowed to address the Commission before the selection.

Applications are available for pick up at the Carter County Court Clerk’s Office, located on the first floor of the Carter County Courthouse. Applications are also available online at the county’s website under the “Employment” option on the menu bar.