Daniel Brown selected as interim Knoxville mayor

7:54 PM, Jan 10, 2011   |    comments
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It took eleven rounds of voting but City Council eventually selected 6th District Councilman Daniel Brown as Knoxville's interim mayor.

Brown, a Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Post Office employee to will likely stay in office until the city election in the fall.

Several Council members said they did not want to appoint someone to the position if they were going to seek the permanent job via election this fall.  Still, five council members said they would be interested in serving on an interim basis.

After eleven votes that had Duane Grieve and Brown neck-and-neck, another candidate for the job, Councilman Joe Bailey changed his vote to back Brown, giving the 6th District representative the 5 votes needed.

Council members then took a final, 12th vote and made their selection unanimous.

"It's quite something.  I think I'm ready and up for the task and look forward to it," Brown said.

The Austin High School graduate is the first African American mayor in Knoxville's history and said he does not plan to make any big changes to the way the city currently operates, including personnel.  He also said he wants to continue the legacy of fiscal responsibility he believes Mayor Haslam lived under as KnoxvilleMayor for the past 7 years.

Haslam resigned Monday morning.  He will be inaugurated as Governor on Saturday. 

Several council members voiced their gratitude toward Haslam, presented him with photographs, and gave him the placard with his name on it to take with him to the Governor's office in Nashville.

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Despite the winter weather, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam still plans to officially step down at a meeting Monday morning.  His inauguration as Tennessee governor is scheduled for this weekend.

That Knoxville City Council meeting is planned for 9:30 am.  You can watch it live on 10News 2 and at WBIR.com.

After Haslam's resignation, city council members will select one of their members to serve as acting mayor until the city election in September.  If one candidate does not receive more than 50% of the vote, there will be a run-off election in November.

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