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Phillips recommends pharmaceutical sales rep, electrical engineer for BOE vacancies

July 23rd, 2014 9:00 pm by Rick Wagner

Phillips recommends pharmaceutical sales rep, electrical engineer for BOE vacancies

Todd Golden

KINGSPORT — A pharmaceutical sales representative and an electrical engineer are in line to join the Kingsport Board of Education early next month.

Todd Golden, a senior pharmaceutical representative with Eli Lilly and Co., and Eric Hyche, a Kingsport native on the technical staff at Groupon, are the recommendations from Mayor Dennis Phillips and BOE President Carrie Upshaw to fill two vacant positions on the board.

"I think there are two great members we've proposed," Phillips said Wednesday.

Upshaw said she was pleased with the collaboration in picking the two, who will serve until June 30. The May 2015 ballot will have Andy King's seat, with two years remaining on a four-year term, the full four-year term for Betsy Cooper's vacated seat, and two other incumbents, Susan Lodal and Randy Montgomery, up for re-election to four-year terms. Only Upshaw's seat will not be on the 2015 ballot.

Historically, the mayor had nominated people to fill vacancies on the BOE and Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

"After we debated potential merits, the pros and cons for all the names, these were the two chosen," Upshaw said.

The vacancies were created with the recent resignations of Cooper and King.

Cooper, a retired Washington Elementary School teacher, resigned because her daughter is about to be hired as a teacher and city policy does not allow a spouse or child of sitting BOE member to be hired.

King, general manager of the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center, is taking a new job with Marriott in New Orleans.

Phillips, City Manager Jeff Fleming, Upshaw and Superintendent Lyle Ailshie met Monday afternoon and again Wednesday morning. The recommendation came after the second meeting.

The plan is for Phillips to present the nominees to the BMA at its Aug. 5 meeting. If approved, the two would be sworn in at the Aug. 7 BOE meeting and begin to serve immediately.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Thursday's print edition or expanded electronic edition

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