DAG Retires. His Niece Gets His Job

DAG Retires. His Niece Gets His Job

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pissed

Huntsville, TN

#1 May 31, 2012
Governor Bill Haslam has named a new top prosecutor for the 8th Judicial District.

District Attorney General Paul Phillips has announced he will retire on September 1, 2012. The Eighth Judicial District is composed of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties. Phillips has held the job since 1982.

Gov. Haslam has appointed Lori Phillips-Jones to take over after Phillips' retirement.

"Lori has served the citizens of the Eighth Judicial District well for more than 11 years as assistant district attorney general, and her extensive experience makes her the best fit for this role," Haslam said. "I'm pleased to appoint her, and I appreciate her willingness to serve in this capacity."

Phillips-Jones graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1999 and has been with the Office of the Attorney General, Eighth Judicial District since 1997. She has served as a criminal investigator and a violent crimes prosecutor as the assistant district attorney general.

"It is a great honor to be chosen by Gov. Haslam to serve as district attorney general," Phillips-Jones said. "I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of the Eighth District."
Phillips-Jones is a member of the Oneida School Board and is the Scott County coordinator for the Imagination Library.

She is serves as secretary of the Appalachian Life Quality Initiative and is also the Board of Directors president of STAND (Schools Together Allowing No Drugs).

Phillips-Jones and her husband Phillip have two children. She is DAG Paul Phillips' niece, and the daughter of United States District Court Judge Thomas W. Phillips.

The people of the Eighth Judicial District should be pissed. How do you, as a public official see to it that your elected position is handed down to a family member? You retire before an election and you do a backroom deal to get your kin the job.

This lady may be well qualified, but that is not the point. Here again we have the governor telling us who will serve in this important position without any input whatsoever from the community.

The fact that a Phillips relative got his job is even more evidence of how the back room deals work here in Tennessee and in Scott County.

I may be the only one, but there is at least one person that is appalled at this dishonorable route that the Phillips family has taken. If she wants her Uncle's job then let her run for the office.
wow

United States

#2 May 31, 2012
I agree..let the community vote!
Meow

Robbins, TN

#3 May 31, 2012
Ewwww
Alan Reed

York, SC

#4 May 31, 2012
I am glad Lori was appointed. She has more than enough qualifications for the position. She is well known throughout the district as she was involved in cases in every county. I have worked with her on several of the cases of individuals that I arrested. She was more than willing to listen and accept my input towards the prosecution of the individual. She will make Scott County and the 8th Judicial District a great Attorney General.
Anonymous

Wartburg, TN

#5 May 31, 2012
It's good to have connections.
Football Fan

Sunbright, TN

#6 Jun 1, 2012
Alan Reed wrote:
I am glad Lori was appointed. She has more than enough qualifications for the position. She is well known throughout the district as she was involved in cases in every county. I have worked with her on several of the cases of individuals that I arrested. She was more than willing to listen and accept my input towards the prosecution of the individual. She will make Scott County and the 8th Judicial District a great Attorney General.
Now Mr. Reed. Don't talk about her qualifications or experience. Those things don't matter because everyone here is getting themselves worked up into a good lather over the fact that they didn't get to pick her.

Sorry, folks, but that's how it goes. When an elected official resigns his or her seat before the end of the term, someone is appointed to fill out the remainder of that term. That's the way the system is set up. When Alan Reed resigned his commission seat, the county commission appointed someone to replace him. The county commission didn't need the approval of the public to do that, just as the governor didn't need approval of the public to do what he did. Everyone who wants to have their say about the DAG position will have ample opportunity in two years, because I'm sure Lori Phillips Jones will run for the seat and then you can either vote for her or not vote for her.

In the meantime, is there anyone who was better qualified for the job? If you're looking for someone with experience, she's been there longer than just about anyone else, with the exception of John Galloway, who I presume didn't want it.
pissed

Huntsville, TN

#7 Jun 1, 2012
Alan Reed wrote:
I am glad Lori was appointed. She has more than enough qualifications for the position. She is well known throughout the district as she was involved in cases in every county. I have worked with her on several of the cases of individuals that I arrested. She was more than willing to listen and accept my input towards the prosecution of the individual. She will make Scott County and the 8th Judicial District a great Attorney General.
You obviously miss the point. I have nothing negative to say about this lady. In fact I am sure that she will do a wonderful job. She has the experience and is involved in the community. For that I am grateful. My point is that this sort of thing goes on all the time. Offices such as District Attorney General are very important jobs and the people who fill these jobs should be selected the way the law intended. The way that politicians see to it that their job is handed down from one family member to another is this very way. A long time office holder runs for re-election, is elected, then before his or her term ends then they "retire." Don't think for one second that Phillips didn't know in advance who his successor would be before he stepped down. A deal was struck with the governor. I think this sort of act brings dishonor both on Phillips, his niece, and his office.

What's more I am saddened that this topic has only received little response from the community. This fact speaks volumes about the apathy for truly important issues in this community. Put someones name on this site, talk about whom they are seeing and the board lights up with comments.
Oh well, if the people of this county want to be treated as sheep then so be it. As for me I have lost all respect that I had for Phillips. People constantly bitch about the problems in this county, but when it comes to doing something about it they are all deaf, dumb, and blind. So very sad.
pissed

Huntsville, TN

#8 Jun 1, 2012
John Galloway would have been the perfect selection but he would not have benefited the Phillips family. I do not personally know John, but he has spearheaded the more prominent cases in the 8th Judicial District. And I think that he would have accepted the job had it been offered. The law needs to be changed. I would suggest the following: Anyone who accepts an appointment for a vacant seat would be required to sit out the following election cycle. If they wish to run in the next election then fine. This would weed out the people who want the advantage of being the incumbent come election time.
retired

Huntsville, TN

#9 Jun 1, 2012
It seems even more today that it's who you know that counts. I agree that at the very least a Phillips family member should not have been appointed. I too have nothing against Lori, but this just smells bad. It has always been the case in east Tennessee and Scott County that a select group of families run the county. It seems that this will never change and it saddens me that no one seems to care. I also agree that this act brings dishonor on the Phillips family. Paul did a good job as DAG and it is sad that his last official act was so selfish.
citizen

Huntsville, TN

#10 Jun 1, 2012
Lori Phillips-Jones admitted to practice law: 1999

John Galloway admitted to practice law: 1977

Uh...who is the DAG's office has the most experience? I'll let you do the math.
Hmm

Columbia, SC

#11 Jun 1, 2012
She will have to run for the office in 2014 so people will get their say then.
El Master

Briceville, TN

#12 Jun 2, 2012
If you people have such a problem with it, write to your congressmen. The only problem is this is the law in most states and places of public office. Hell, she will resign from the Oneida School Board as a result of this, and guess how they pick the replacement? It's appointed by members of the board/principles/superintenden t.

Crazy isn't it? The one time the public can't screw up an election for something and everyone complains because they don't understand the law. Imagine if we had a no family member law like this in 2000, then maybe we wouldn't have had nearly a decade of ole W. to ruin the country.
CHUCK-A-LUCK

Piqua, OH

#13 Jun 2, 2012
All in the family! Or keeping it in the family. Sounds like the same shit that went on in the Clinton courthouse in Clinton when i lived there decades ago. Everyone in the courthouse was related one way or another, aunts, uncles, cousins and or inlaws..... and that's no eggageration!Who said thunder only happens when it's raining?
disappointed

Oakdale, TN

#14 Jun 2, 2012
If John Galloway had been appointed, we would have been a whole lot worse off, even if he does have more experience. He is a azz, either way you slice it. That office has cut more deal's than any other office in the county. Then we wonder why we have so many drug problem's. So it will be the same ole shiz for the next how many year's?
Pissed

Huntsville, TN

#15 Jun 2, 2012
I give up.
taxpayer

Sunbright, TN

#16 Jun 4, 2012
Now we all know she has got to keep her uncles dirty deals covered up.Just like with the John John murder.
bluejay

Huntsville, TN

#17 Jun 5, 2012
Don't know what anyone would expect. This sort of thing has gone on for years. I personally think it is wrong but there is nothing anyone can do about it except vote her out come election time.
Football Fan

Oneida, TN

#18 Jun 5, 2012
taxpayer wrote:
Now we all know she has got to keep her uncles dirty deals covered up.Just like with the John John murder.
You are aware that the FBI investigated and agreed with the D.A. and the TBI that there was no foul play involved?
bluejay

Huntsville, TN

#19 Jun 6, 2012
Football Fan, are you referring to the 24 hours that the DAG spent studying this case before having a press conference where he cleared everybody of any wrongdoing?

You're an idiot if you think this case was given any real police investigation. Read the transcript of the civil case especially the part where the TBI investigator stated that he did not really "investigate" and if given the opportunity to re-investigate he would probably take the case to the grand jury. This is of course off topic to the real topic, but in a way it isn't. Paul covered for the Carsons in the John John case now he is covering for his family by giving his ELECTED position to his family member.
well

Wartburg, TN

#20 Jun 6, 2012
Football Fan wrote:
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Now Mr. Reed. Don't talk about her qualifications or experience. Those things don't matter because everyone here is getting themselves worked up into a good lather over the fact that they didn't get to pick her.
Sorry, folks, but that's how it goes. When an elected official resigns his or her seat before the end of the term, someone is appointed to fill out the remainder of that term. That's the way the system is set up. When Alan Reed resigned his commission seat, the county commission appointed someone to replace him. The county commission didn't need the approval of the public to do that, just as the governor didn't need approval of the public to do what he did. Everyone who wants to have their say about the DAG position will have ample opportunity in two years, because I'm sure Lori Phillips Jones will run for the seat and then you can either vote for her or not vote for her.
In the meantime, is there anyone who was better qualified for the job? If you're looking for someone with experience, she's been there longer than just about anyone else, with the exception of John Galloway, who I presume didn't want it.
"Football Fan" I just wish you was as smart {about different subjects] as YOU think you are.

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