LAFOLLETE, TN (WLAF) – Vacant codes enforcement and animal control positions continue to be discussed by the LaFollette City Council.

Last night, the LaFollette City Council and mayor discussed the job description for the codes officer and what the salaries should be for the codes officer and the animal control officer. There is approximately $35,000 left in the budget from the previous codes and animal control officer salary.

This was a combined position until February when the council decided to divide the job. The council will vote on the description at next month’s meeting. Daniel Foster, the former codes and animal control officer, was terminated in January.

Four applications have been received for the codes position. The animal control officer will be a regular police officer with the duties of an animal control officer. 

As the council moved through the administration portion of the agenda, Councilman Wayne Kitts said he would like for City Clerk Stan Foust to remain in the position of interim city administrator until the end of the fiscal year. Kitts would also like to see him compensated financially for the added duties.

Foust is serving as interim city administrator following the termination of City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries last month.

Four applications have been received for the city administrator opening. Councilman Mark Hoskins would like to start interviewing for the positions as soon as possible. Foust will begin working on scheduling interviews this week.

Hoskins requested the property owned by the city located on Jacksboro Pike be put on the agenda. The roughly 19 acres of land is located between the UT Medical Building and Bojangles off Independence Lane. After a brief discussion on what to do with the property, the council decided the first step in the process would be to get an appraisal on the land.

The police policy for accreditation will be back on the agenda for the March council meeting. A vote on opening a new special drug enforcement account will be taken. The account will be utilized for confiscated drug monies. Two personnel matters are on the agenda, promoting Melissa Hatmaker to full- time dispatcher from part- time with a salary of $22,464 and promoting Anthony Mahar to full time level II patrol officer at a salary of $32,457.40, both will be effective March 13.

Ted Holtz with Pugh and Company discussed the findings from the 2019-20 audit. Holtz said the city was in a “healthy financial position.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/23/2021-6AM)