published Friday, April 12th, 2013

Rob Philyaw picked to be Juvenile Court judge

HOW THEY VOTED

Chester Bankston: Troy McDougal

Greg Beck: Curtis Bowe

Tim Boyd: Curtis Bowe

Jim Fields: Rob Philyaw

Joe Graham: Rob Philyaw

Marty Haynes: Rob Philyaw

Warren Mackey: Curtis Bowe

Larry Henry: Rob Philyaw

Fred Skillern: Rob Philyaw

IN OTHER BUSINESS

Commissioners agreed to consider allowing Sheriff Jim Hammond to buy unmarked police cars with seized drug money to be used in undercover operations.

They agreed to consider spending nearly $30,000 to update geographic information system maps.

They agreed to consider accepting bids from Blackfox Tactical to buy body armor for county Emergency Medical Service technicians.

Hamilton County commissioners on Thursday appointed local attorney Rob Philyaw to succeed Suzanne Bailey as Juvenile Court judge.

In a vote that was expected to take "multiple, multiple ballots," according to Chairman Larry Henry, commissioners were able to eliminate seven of 10 applicants on the first try -- with no public discussion -- by nominating just three people.

Chester Bankston nominated current Juvenile Magistrate Troy McDougal; Tim Boyd nominated Curtis Bowe; and Jim Fields nominated Philyaw.

After that, Commissioners Joe Graham, Marty Haynes, Henry and Fred Skillern got in step with Fields.

Bailey announced in February she would retire April 30. Philyaw will hold her seat until the term ends in August 2014 and then will have to seek re-election to keep the post.

Immediately after the appointment, commissioners voted to allow Mayor Jim Coppinger to spend whatever funds are necessary to repair the W Road on Signal Mountain.

County Engineer Todd Leamon told commissioners Thursday that recent repairs did not hold and the road has separated and dropped in some areas.

A design to fix the road is expected in the next several days, and repairs are scheduled to begin next week, Leamon said.

Contact staff writer Louie Brogdon at lbrogdon@times freepress.com or 423-757-6481.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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