How It Works: Knox County Government

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How It Works: Knox County Government

Who's running this show? With a mayor, a sheriff, County Commission and a whole bunch of other officeholders, that's a complicated question.

by jesse fox mayshark • september 4, 2018

This story is a part of a Special Report. Read the rest here.

Like the City of Knoxville, Knox County is a “home rule” government -- it is governed by a charter adopted by the voters, which can generally only be changed or amended by an amendment placed on the ballot. Knox County is one of only two “home rule” counties in Tennessee -- the other is Shelby County, home to Memphis. (Davidson County with its Metro Nashville structure is in a separate category of unified city-county government.)
Knox County voters adopted a home rule charter in 1988, which took effect in 1990. The county has a comp...

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