Hemal Tailor leaves after 12 years with county

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We have new details about the surprise resignation of two high ranking former Knox County Employees.

According to their personnel files for Jonathan Griswold and Hemal Tailor, the two apparently resigned before they could be terminated.

The paperwork says Griswold was caught drinking alchol then driving a county vehicle and lying about it later. He was a Community Outreach Manager. He responded to residents' concerns and complaints, often answering questions or helping people work through the governmental red tape to get whatever answers they needed.

Tailor's file says she lied about knowing what Griswold did. Her file also says she encouraged and intimidated subordinate employees to not tell on him as well. As Senior Director of Community outreach, Tailor oversaw 15 employees and had a $721 thousand dollar operating budget. She was responsible for the county's senior services and veteran services programs.

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Two Knox County employees abruptly resigned Thursday afternoon, but officials are not saying why.

Officials said Knox County Senior Director of Community Outreach Hemal Tailor and Community Outreach Manager Jonathan Griswold are no longer working for the county.

Tailor, who oversaw 15 employees and a $721,000 operating budget, was responsible for the county's senior services and veteran services programs.

She started with the county in February 2001 as the grant and community development manager. She then earned a number of promotions during the next couple of years before then-county Mayor Mike Ragsdale put her in charge of the county's senior centers and volunteer service division.

In April 2012, Burchett had her take over Veteran's Affairs after then-Human Resources Director Frances Fogerson retired and he moved then-Deputy Services Officer Col. Richard Julian into her position.

Tailor earned $91,000 annually

Her resignation will not affect the operations she oversaw. An interim director will be named in the coming days, and officials will determine then whether to do a broader search for a new director or look in-house.

Griswold was brought onboard in December 2010, a few months after Burchett took office. As constituent services manager, he responded to residents' concerns and complains, often answering questions or helping people work through the governmental red tape to get whatever answers they needed.

He earned $67,300 annually.

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