How Local Government Works

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Under the Hood

How local government works -- and why it sometimes doesn't

by jesse fox mayshark • september 4, 2018

What’s the difference between a County Commissioner and a school board member? Why does City Council have such a complicated election structure? Which offices are term limited? And what does a University of Tennessee trustee do exactly?
Local government is complicated, and if you don’t know the answers to all of those questions, don’t despair! We have compiled a handy set of quick guides to the structure and history of our sundry local institutions. You can find them at the links below. We hope these will enhance your engagements with the civic entities of your choice.
City of Knoxville
Knox County
Knox County Schools
The University of Tennessee
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