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Unicoi recorder's position back up for vote

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 4, 2018 at 12:32 AM

UNICOI — Monday's called meeting of the town of Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen for consideration of an offer to buy Buffalo Valley Golf Course will also include another vote critical to the town’s future — a redo of the recent appointment of Unicoi’s top administrator.

Dustin Thompson, a financial analyst for the city of Johnson City, was selected to fill the vacant town recorder post in Unicoi on Jan. 15. He has since backed out of his agreement to take the job.

Thompson was selected unanimously in January to fill the vacancy created by the November resignation of Mike Housewright, who left the town recorder’s post in November.

Mayor Johnny Lynch said at that time that pending a background check, Thompson, who attended the Jan. 15 meeting, would work out a two-week notice with Johnson City and begin work in Unicoi in about two weeks.

Lynch said Friday Thompson had since “decided the job was not for him.”

While Lynch did not know Thompson’s reason for backing out, he said the selection of another candidate was made easy by the town’s No. 2 pick for Housewright’s replacement - Michael Borders, a regional executive for McDonald’s with a background in public administration.

“I have as much confidence in him as I did in (Thompson). They scored very close” in the town’s review of applicants, Lynch said.

“I called him and he was excited to get the job. He will be there on Monday,” Lynch said.

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