Finalists for election administrator to be selected next week

Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:56pm

A list of 55 individuals who would like to be the next Davidson County elections administrator should be whittled down to a group of final candidates by Friday, Oct 1.

The Davidson County Election Commission on Thursday established a timeline of sorts for hiring someone to replace outgoing administrator Ray Barrett, who is set to retire by the end of the year.

Election commission chair Lynn Greer said he has asked each commissioner to hand him a list of three recommendations for the job by next Friday. With five members serving on the commission, up to 15 candidates could be recommended for the position.

“I think if you asked five people you would get five different answers,” Greer said when asked what qualities the next administrator should possess.

Metro Councilman Eric Crafton and Tennessee State Fair Executive Director Buck Dozier, also a former at-large councilman and mayoral candidate, headline the list of applicants. The job’s salary, which starts at $65,000 to $85,000 annually, would be bumped up to approximately $100,000 if the new administrator passes a certification test.

The commission has also scheduled a meeting on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. to review the candidates and set up an interview schedule. The date is tentative and subject to change.

Greer indicated it would be unlikely to hire a new administrator before the Nov. 2 election.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Funditto on 9/23/10 at 11:41

Please do not let Crafton anywhere near this job. He is an embarrassment to this city and needs to be out of public service.

By: richgoose on 9/24/10 at 1:02

I doubt that there are 10% of the applicants who could get a job in the private sector at anywhere near what this job pays.

By: morpheus120 on 9/24/10 at 7:51

And that's why the private sector should be paying people more, goose.

But I'll settle for them hiring people period, instead of giving themselves fat bonuses.

Only an ass would continue to stick up for the robber barons who took down our economy. Go drink some tea, bagger.

By: budlight on 9/24/10 at 7:58

Morpheus, BUSH AND OBAMA both took it down. Bush for starting it and Obama for promising to stop it and he has only escalated it.

Tea baggers are average people, black, white, hispanic who want SMALLER government and a better economy. Now why would you hate that?

By: pswindle on 9/24/10 at 8:45

Buck Dozier is a great guy, and he could do the job.

Budlight, The Teabaggers are a bunch of right-wing nut jobs.

By: watchdog55 on 9/24/10 at 12:06

From where I sit neither Buck Dozier or Eric Crafton are deserving. Dozier is a yes man all the way; he took his orders from Karl Dean and destroyed the state fair as well as the fair grounds. Crafton - well what is left to say; he cannot get a job on merit, so he has his hand out for an appointment. I wonder what other losers are on the list.

Perhaps a list of required qualifications should be determined before the selection process starts. According to Greer's comments it appears there is no such list - “I think if you asked five people you would get five different answers,” Greer said when asked what qualities the next administrator should possess. Sounds like a set up to select whoever they want, not who is qualified.

By: Dianna Y. L. Miller on 9/24/10 at 5:11

Please see the link below for a list of candidates who have applied for the Administrator of Elections position (courtesy of the Nashville Post).

Source: http://politics.nashvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/administrator-applications.doc (last accessed September 24, 2010 1:00pm CDT)

-Dianna Y. L. Miller, J.D.