This morning I received a call telling me that Bill Dunlap will retire. I called the Highway Department and Julie Talbott confirmed that Bill Dunlap is on vacation for two weeks and will be retiring effective February 1st.
Who will take his place?
Commissioner Jeff Headrick (5th District) has been posturing to take his place. He is a developer and a waterboy for the Sheriff. His wife is related to the Sheriff. If he replaces Bill Dunlap then the Sheriff will effectively control the Highway Department, the Mayor, the Blount County Commission and the Sheriff’s Office.
Now would be a good time for Brian Downey to start campaigning. He did well in the last election for someone with little name recognition starting out. He will need to do more than put out signs if he intends to win.
Have you heard any other names?