Crafton, Dozier among finalists for elections administrator

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 4:28pm

Metro Councilman Eric Crafton and Tennessee State Fair Executive Director Buck Dozier are among seven finalists who will interview for the Davidson County elections administrator position.

The five-member Davidson County Election Commission on Tuesday voted to whittle down an original from a list of 55 applicants to seven candidates in its search to replace outgoing administrator Ray Barrett, who is set to to retire by the end of the year. The commission will interview the finalists on Oct. 28.

Crafton, perhaps known best for his failed English only push, received nominations from two commissioners while Dozier, a former at-large councilman and mayoral candidate, received one nomination.

Leading in nominations is Albert Tieche, who is employed by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services and has previously received poll-worker training from the election staff. Tieche received nominations from four commissioners.

Other finalists for the job are Thomas Cunningham, Michael Knotts, Matt Drury and Lisa Powers.

The job pays between $65,000 and $85,000 per year, but the salary can bump to more than $100,000 if the new administrator passes an official certification test.

12 Comments on this post:

By: relliott on 10/5/10 at 3:12

Buck is "THE MAN"

By: bfra on 10/6/10 at 4:28

Buck couldn't even manage the Fair Grounds, plus he has sucked off the political teat too long. He needs to get another job!

By: HokeyPokey on 10/6/10 at 5:03

A preacher and a moron walk into election headquarters...

Hello, Nashville.

By: pswindle on 10/6/10 at 8:03

Buck is the man for the job.

By: TITAN1 on 10/6/10 at 8:11

Is there anything Crafton has not run for?

By: RTungsten on 10/6/10 at 8:18

Sure, let's give it to the guy who ran the fairgrounds into the ground and wasn't all that successful at being fire chief. Great plan.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/6/10 at 8:47

On one hand we got a man who ran a fail Fairground and on the other hand we got someone that could fix election? I say no!! Let go with Albert Tieche, he has some training.

By: govskeptic on 10/6/10 at 8:55

As the 'ole possum would say---Choices, choices

By: Captain Nemo on 10/6/10 at 9:34

lol gov

By: tomba1 on 10/6/10 at 10:31

First, throw out any politicians. Second, throw out any politician wannabes. Third, rank the remaining candidates from highest to lowest based on their ability to administer the department. Training as a poll worker by the staff has nothing to do with qualifications for this critical administrative position.

This person should be able to manage the staff in a professional manner and confront or dismiss staff issues and/or staff members as necessary. The departmental problems reside within the staff and procedures, not the poll workers. The politically appointed election commission has a tough decision to make especially in light of the follies of the August election debacle.

Hopefully some of the candidates have the necessary credentials to restore integrity to this critical process. If, at the end, the nominee happens to have poll worker training, so be it, but let's hope that's not a selection factor and that the training is forgotten before taking office. A new beginning does not start with adopting old practices. If we keep doing what we are doing, we’ll keep getting what we are getting. Change is difficult to implement, but change it must. The system is broken and the commission must find a person who can fix it, and fast.

By: FLeFew on 10/6/10 at 10:51

How can a recent candidate be a fair and impartial election coordinator?
Crafton calls the Republican Senators RINOS and tries to defeat Democrats running for office.

I don't like this pick.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/6/10 at 3:37

I think I would protest very loud if Crafton is picked.