Your commission committee lineup

Larry Van GuilderOur Town Leaders

Like the Volunteer football squad, the starting eleven for the Knox County Commission reorganizes each year, usually sustaining fewer injuries and calls for a coaching change than the pigskin toters on campus. So, with a rousing cry of “Go team!” we present this year’s edition of commission committee notables.


  • Commission chair Hugh Nystrom and vice-chair Michele Carringer are holdovers from last year’s squad. Ardent fans will watch their play-calling closely.
  • Holding down the position of chair on the rules committee is Larsen Jay. Carson Dailey fills the vice-chair slot. This is a vital committee; you can’t play the game without rules.
  • The insolvency board is chaired by Richie Beeler with the able assistance of vice-chair Justin Biggs. Sorry, but they aren’t available to assist you with past due bills.
  • John Schoonmaker holds down the chair on the finance committee. Larsen Jay is vice-chair of this group known affectionately as the “Budget Bombers.”
  • Contrary to popular belief, members of the cable tv committee do not binge-watch Netflix original programming when the committee is in session. Keeping the set appropriately tuned are chair Richie Beeler and vice-chair Larsen Jay.
  • Legislative affairs may take on a darker meaning in Nashville, but here it’s pure as the driven snow. John Schoonmaker calls the shots on this committee.
  • Evelyn Gill chairs the court subcommittee. Justin Biggs was installed as vice-chair.
  • Biggs also scored a choice assignment being named to the board of directors for the Development Corporation.
  • Finally, Caron Dailey, Richie Beeler, Evelyn Gill and Larsen Jay make up the traveling squad for the joint education committee.

Larry Van Guilder is the business and government editor for KnoxTnToday.

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