VOTED OUT: Dobson Fired As Election Administrator

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The Cannon County Election Commission fired Stan Dobson as Adminstrator of Elections Monday night.

The reason given for Dobson's termination was "Unprofessional Conduct."

Dobson was appointed Administrator of Elections in 2009 after the Republican Party assumed control of the Tennessee Legislature in 2008 and replaced several Democratic Party-controlled county election commissions with Republican majorities. Dobson took over for Mary Lynn Bush.

His tenure has been marked by controversy during the last year over the pay and hours worked by his assistant, Dorinda Mankin, and an effort by the Election Commission to close polling places at Short Mountain School and Pleasant Ridge.

He also was involved in a recent effort along with Election Commissioner Matt Studd, a Republican, to have Louise Mayo, a fellow Republican member, removed from the Commission.

Jackie Gannon, one of two Democrats along with Sue Patrick on the five-member Commission, made the motion to fire Dobson Monday. Mayo voted along with Gannon and Patrick to remove Dobson. Studd and Commission Chairman Lindburg Dennis voted against, wth the motion passing 3-2.

A replacement for Dobson is expected to be made at a special meeting of the Election Commission Thursday night.

The next election in Cannon County is a month from today, Aug. 2, when the State Republican and Democratic Primary and County General Election is held. Early voting starts July 13.

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July 03, 2012 at 12:52pm
Hopefully after November some of the mud-slinging will cease. This is the dirty side of politics, if there can be made an assumption that there is a clean side.
July 03, 2012 at 3:30pm
First let me say that yes I do have a " DOG" in this fight, it’s name is "MY TAX DOLLORS '.I don’t know what this is all about but I know what it looks like. It sure look like "good ol boy and gotcha politics".
If this is all about money and Mrs. Mankin’s salary this is a very poor way to deal with this problem. The entire Election Commission Has to know that there will be a large lawsuit that will cost the county
4-6-8 maybe 10 times Mrs. Mankin’s yearly salary.
I would hope the Election Commission has a plan to ensure the voters of Cannon County have a fair and properly run election that will start in about two short weeks. I would also hope they will be prepared to explain this plan at Thursday’s meeting.
I think they should also explain the term "official misconduct." As this terminology is sure to lead to large lawsuit which cost us tax payers a large sum of money to defend and to pay out if the County should loose the suit.
I am sure there has to be a reasonable way to work things out but then people have to want to work together don’t they?
July 03, 2012 at 3:35pm
NOTE: The original version of the story was incorrect. The reason given for Dobson's termination was "Unprofessional Conduct."
July 03, 2012 at 7:52pm
I am excited to see the replacement Mary Lynn Bush coming back to Admin. position. She never did deserve to be fired in the first place. Both previous employees Mary Lynn Bush and Shirley Young did an excellent job. Both of them were very professional. You never heard any complaints from the Election Office when they were there.
July 03, 2012 at 10:00pm
THANKS for the corrction.
Well and good but an explanation is still needed I would think.But what do I know!
July 04, 2012 at 8:03am
Mary Lynn Bush should have never been fired, that was immature good ole boy gatcha politics at its best.
July 04, 2012 at 3:37pm
Mustangs-Has the commission chosen Mary Lynn Bush already ? If so is this not a violation of the sunshine law ? But maybe that is of no importance.
July 04, 2012 at 3:46pm
The Election Commission has chosen no one, and will not until Thursday.
July 05, 2012 at 4:13pm
Maybe mustangs has some inside information that
most of us do not have, which is why I posed the question to her or him.
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