MOUNT VERNON — Knox County’s newest commissioner, Roger Reed, was looking forward to serving the citizens of Knox County on his first day in office.
“This being my first meeting, I’m just getting my feet wet,” he said. “I’m sure the budget is will be one of the big things. I do have a lot of expectations, though. I feel comfortable working with my two colleagues and I told Teresa (Bemiller) this morning I have no problems asking questions. I am here to assist and help out in any way I can to further the future of Knox County.”
Reed has resigned as mayor of Fredericktown and as dog warden at the Knox County Animal Shelter. Larry Williams has been appointed interim dog warden until Reed’s position can be filled.
In a light session Monday, the commissioners heard from Matthew Kurtz of Knox County Job & Family Services.
“Unemployment is down a tenth,” Kurtz told the commissioners. “We are at 9 percent unemployment which is below the state and national rates by three-tenths of a percent.
“Generally, there is a feeling that employment is better. But we are back to that issue that people aren’t finding jobs like they lost.”