DAYTON, Tenn. — Dayton City Council members voted Monday to oppose proposed judicial redistricting after hearing a presentation by Rhea County's clerk and master.
John Fine, accompanied by Circuit Court Clerk Jamie Holloway, told the council that "by all objective standards, the 12th judicial district meets criteria" being considered for the redistricting. Based on district population and number of cases, "the 12th district should not be changed."
He pointed out that if Rhea County is moved into a new district, it risks losing its influence in the choice of judges, the district attorney and public defender.
Police Chief Chris Sneed agreed.
"The police department seconds that," he said. "We don't want to change the district we are in."
Council approved a resolution opposing redistricting and agreed to forward it to state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Ron Travis.
Meeting earlier as the Dayton City School Board, they approved purchase of new locks for classroom doors, at a cost of $15,180. Accredited Lock Supply of Secaucus, N.J., was the low bidder on the project.