2014 DeKalb County Elections

2014 DeKalb County Elections

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Opero722

Nashville, TN

#1 Aug 27, 2012
How do you think the 2014 elections will go in DeKalb County?

So far Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack and Road Supervisor Kenny Edge have indicated they plan to retire.

The offices up for election include:

County Mayor/Executive; 2012-13 salary set at $67,843
Mike Foster has held the office since 2002.

Circuit Court Clerk; 2012-13 salary set at $58,739

County Court Clerk; 2012-13 salary set at $58,739
Mike Clayborn has held this office since 2002.

Register of Deeds; 2012-13 salary set at $58,739
Jeff McMillen has held this office since 1986

Sheriff; 2012-13 salary set at $64,613
Patrick Ray has held this office since 2006

Road Supervisor; 2012-13 salary set at $64,613

Trustee; 2012-13 salary set at $58,739
Sean Driver has held this office since 2006.

All 14 county commission seats will be up for election as well as 5 seats on the school board.
Goober

United States

#2 Aug 27, 2012
Heard Myron Rhody was thinking about running for the road supervisor job.
Time out

Nashville, TN

#3 Aug 27, 2012
Some of those guys have been in office for a long time. Seems like its time to let some new people have a chance - I don't believe in giving these people a deed to these jobs.

28 years is a long time and a great retirement for Jeff McMillen - nothing personal against Mr McMillen, but why should he be given this when there are several other people in our county who could do the job, maybe do it even better and really need the income.

If Jeff McMillen retired at the end of his term he would be guaranteed a state retirement for the rest of his life that would meet or exceed the yearly income of the average DeKalb County resident - kind of makes it hard to feel sorry for poor old Jeff.

Time to let someone else have a chance to serve.
wishbone

Nashville, TN

#4 Aug 27, 2012
since you're on the subject of retirement, Clay Farler needs to retire also, let some young blood move up an give someone a chance to get a job teaching, Clay's got to be getting close to 70
Yep

Nashville, TN

#5 Aug 27, 2012
Sorry Bratley, this is a discussion about elected officials and not tenured school personnel. Besides, you don't have the qualifications for Clay Farler's job.

By the way Bratley - you are up for election in 2014 - maybe Clay Farler would be interested in running for election as third district county commissioner.

Since: Apr 12

Nashville, TN

#6 Aug 28, 2012
ime Oue. Mr. McMillan does an outstanding job in his position. A position that requires professional 'people skills' , computer skills and a vast knowedge of the subject that he represents. I have worked with him for several years on occasion, and I found him to be kind, professional, and very qualified. He gets my vote
not scared

Woodbury, TN

#7 Aug 28, 2012
Jeff McMillen has been if office way too long. He thinks he is entitled to that position because of his handicap. Well there is plenty other people that can do the job he does. He runs the Dekalb County Fair and all his little side jobs from the county office in which he works. He is making extra money on the side on taxpayers dollars. TIME TO GO HOME JEFF!!!!!!
No More

Nashville, TN

#8 Aug 29, 2012
No more sacred dogs, or cows for that matter.

Mr. McMillen will draw at least $3,600 a month if he goes home at the end of his term - a nice retirement.

Nice to see Mike "we're fixing to have a horrendous crash" Clayborn has suddenly become interested in our safety and wants to save us from the dangerous parking lot at the Fosterwood Complex.

Only thing is the people cutting across the Fosterwood parking lot from the Chinese restaurant and the Indian store are the property tax paying citizens of DeKalb County who pay Mr. Clayborn's salary.

Also interesting that all these elected county officials have suddenly become interested in giving county employees a pay raise as the current salary of $24,000 a year qualifies a family of 4 for food stamps.

Definitely time for a change in county government.
Fireman

Rathdrum, ID

#9 Aug 29, 2012
Good thing the City of Smithville bought that big ladder truck. If Fosterwood ever catches on fire they will need the ladder truck to reach across all the cars parked in the front doors of Fosterwood.

Have you ever seen a building of that size and shape without a fire lane in front? Think Food Lion and Wal-Mart.

The great Mike Foster strikes out again - when the State Fire Marshall finally finds out about it.

Gonna cost a lot more of taxpayer $$$ dollars $$$ to clean up another Mike Foster mess.
beatrOot

Nashville, TN

#10 Aug 29, 2012
Fireman wrote:
Good thing the City of Smithville bought that big ladder truck. If Fosterwood ever catches on fire they will need the ladder truck to reach across all the cars parked in the front doors of Fosterwood.
Have you ever seen a building of that size and shape without a fire lane in front? Think Food Lion and Wal-Mart.
The great Mike Foster strikes out again - when the State Fire Marshall finally finds out about it.
Gonna cost a lot more of taxpayer $$$ dollars $$$ to clean up another Mike Foster mess.
mike foster could have gave a good raise to county workers for what he paid out on fosterwood
Parent

Nashville, TN

#11 Aug 30, 2012
MORE MONEY FOR SCHOOLS!
NOT AGAIN

Smithville, TN

#12 Aug 30, 2012
Parent wrote:
MORE MONEY FOR SCHOOLS!
Yeah!Give more money to Willoughby and the board so they can hire 10 more people at the central office to go with the 20 already there and all make over $60,000 a year,and don't forget to hire a few more principals.You would be suprised how much money is spent on adminstrations costs,this is money not being spent on the kids,just fat salaries for adminstration.
Now

Nashville, TN

#13 Aug 30, 2012
NOT AGAIN wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah!Give more money to Willoughby and the board so they can hire 10 more people at the central office to go with the 20 already there and all make over $60,000 a year,and don't forget to hire a few more principals.You would be suprised how much money is spent on adminstrations costs,this is money not being spent on the kids,just fat salaries for adminstration.
Get over it dude, we need a new high school, and the west school, smithville elementary and the middle school all need updating.

The county needs to step up to the plate and start funding our school system.

Every branch of county government has been upgraded over the last 10 years - except our school system.

A new 911 center (and higher telephone taxes).

The county commission spent $125K to purchase a lot to build a new courthouse annex on - the lot was never used and is sitting vacant.

We have a world class landfill.

The DeKalb County volunteer fire department has numerous new fire trucks, extrication unit, turnout gear, cars/SUV's for the chief and assistant chief to drive home and an operating budget that should allow the county fire department to provide good service throughout DeKalb County.

The county has increased the amount of money it gives to the chamber of commerce.

A new ambulance service building.

The sheriff's department got much needed raises and the sheriff's operating budget has been increased to the point that the sheriff can perform his duties.

We got Fosterwood - like it or not it was probably needed as there is more space and we finally have a community center where community events can be held.

The courthouse has been remodeled, cleaned up, a video security system was added.

The pay of county commissioners was raised by 100%. A new audio system was added to the county courtroom, where the county commission meets so the meetings could be recorded and the public could better hear the county commission meetings.

If you want to question spending, question the county commission expenditures - as we never hear a county commissioner say much other than to offer a first or second to a motion and then all the yes votes.

At least 3 county commissioners have made their living as school teachers. These 3 county commissioners have a personal hatred towards the school system because the last two directors of schools and the school board have refused to give these county commissioners preferential treatment.

Thought Police

Nashville, TN

#14 Sep 4, 2012
We don't need courts and judges any more because our sheriff can read an accused criminals mind and convict them without a judge or jury.

Sheriff Ray said that Hesson is well aware that he is not to be near school property.

Sheriff Ray said Redmon has an order of protection against him and is aware that he is not to be near this residence.

http://www.wjle.com/news/2012/sheriffs-depart...

Good thing this new law didn't go into effect before Richard Mooney had his trial or Mooney would have gone to the electric chair - or been put to sleep by lethal injection.
You Dont Say

United States

#15 Sep 6, 2012
Now wrote:
<quoted text>
Get over it dude, we need a new high school, and the west school, smithville elementary and the middle school all need updating.
The county needs to step up to the plate and start funding our school system.
Every branch of county government has been upgraded over the last 10 years - except our school system.
A new 911 center (and higher telephone taxes).
The county commission spent $125K to purchase a lot to build a new courthouse annex on - the lot was never used and is sitting vacant.
We have a world class landfill.
The DeKalb County volunteer fire department has numerous new fire trucks, extrication unit, turnout gear, cars/SUV's for the chief and assistant chief to drive home and an operating budget that should allow the county fire department to provide good service throughout DeKalb County.
The county has increased the amount of money it gives to the chamber of commerce.
A new ambulance service building.
The sheriff's department got much needed raises and the sheriff's operating budget has been increased to the point that the sheriff can perform his duties.
We got Fosterwood - like it or not it was probably needed as there is more space and we finally have a community center where community events can be held.
The courthouse has been remodeled, cleaned up, a video security system was added.
The pay of county commissioners was raised by 100%. A new audio system was added to the county courtroom, where the county commission meets so the meetings could be recorded and the public could better hear the county commission meetings.
If you want to question spending, question the county commission expenditures - as we never hear a county commissioner say much other than to offer a first or second to a motion and then all the yes votes.
At least 3 county commissioners have made their living as school teachers. These 3 county commissioners have a personal hatred towards the school system because the last two directors of schools and the school board have refused to give these county commissioners preferential treatment.
You must be one of our long-time school board members. Same ole whinning, just give us mo' money to spend.
Xesutec

Clinton, SC

#16 Sep 6, 2012
Before building a high school, we should build a new elementary school. Maybe the bond the county commission voted in July will help pay for the building. No, wait that was for more classrooms and cafeteria at the West School. Kids at the Smithville Elementary will have to wait another seven years to get a new healthy school. Way to go Well-0-Be! Way to go County Court!
WonderingWho

United States

#17 Sep 9, 2012
Everyone talks a great battle, but no one wants to go into battle. Who do you suggest replaces Kenny and/or Katherine if they don't return. Harold Bain has been suggested as a possible replacement for Kenny. A replacement for Katherine has not been mentioned. And the county court is 100% replaced. Both members from the 1st, 3rd, & 6th will probably run again. From the 2nd district, Jack Barton has been suggested as a replacement for Mike Foster if he doesn't run again. If that happens he'll probably want to make David McDowell his chief of staff so David may not have to run again in the 4th. In the 5th it is rumored John Green will retire and move to White Co. And Jerry Adcock it is rumored to be tired of the yes-man politics and may not run again. Its is rumored he may move to where he grew up on Dry Creek Rd. In the 7th Jimmy Poss was elected mayor of Smithville. Will the pressure of both jobs get to him? In the 6th Marshall will not retire, he likes that extra $250/mo and he's staying on to get the schools to pay his health insurance after he retires. Jerry Scott may go if Mike doesn't run again. Wayne in the 4th is there forever. The others probably will not go anyplace.
Baby Blues

Albemarle, NC

#18 Sep 10, 2012
Just hear Dub Evins is considering a run for county executive.
You Dont Say

United States

#19 Sep 11, 2012
Heard Donny Green, also David McDowell running for County Mayor if Mike retires.
Huh

United States

#20 Sep 11, 2012
If mike retires?????

what is mike gonna do - give it to them?

or give them his blessing?

great candidates - gonna run if mike foster retires.

how about a new candidate who is going to run for the right reasons and not because mike foster is going to retire.

donnie green and david mcdowell are just mike foster wanna bees

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