That's because one of the candidates, Hawkins County Schools Elementary Supervisor Sherry Terry, is the wife of RCS board member Eddie Terry.
Eddie Terry was unable to attend Tuesday's RCS board meeting, but board chairman Dan Brooks announced that Eddie Terry won't participate in the process of choosing Krickbaum's replacement.
The remaining four board members who attended Tuesday's meeting voted unanimously to interview all three candidates who have submitted an application. The interviews will take place during a special called meeting on May 22.
Aside from Terry, the other candidates include longtime RCS principal William "Bill" Walker and Rogersville Middle School seventh and eighth grade math teacher Dr. Scott Trent.
Board members Joyce Simon and Frank Testerman reviewed the three applications prior to Tuesday's meeting and recommended interviewing all three. Simon told the Times-News following the meeting that all three applicants meet the requirements of acquiring a superintendent's license.
Trent possesses a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Liberty University. He began his career in teaching in 1996 at RMS and moved to the Hamblen County system in 1998, returning to RMS in 2004. He's also been active in coaching football, basketball, track, and was athletic director at Meadowview Middle School in Morristown.
Walker began his teaching career at RCS in 1980 and became principal and assistant superintendent in 1988.
In 1992-93 Walker served as interim superintendent and he has been principal since 1993.
Terry began her teaching career at Surgoinsville Elementary School in 1977 and moved to the Central Office as Title One coordinator in 1995. She became assistant principal at Bulls Gap School in 2000, was Joseph Rogers Primary School principal 2001-03 and has been elementary supervisor since 2003.
A special called meeting is set for May 29 to select the new director, who will begin working with Krickbaum on June 4 and take over as director July 2.