PIGEON FORGE — Sevier County Commissioner Keith Whaley is the one of the chief names in consideration to take over the Pigeon Forge City Commission seat vacated by Ken Maples last month.
Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear confirmed that city commission is set to vote Monday on an interim commissioner to fill Seat E, which was vacated when Maples abruptly resigned last month.
Wear also confirmed Whaley is under consideration for the seat.
“His name has been considered,” Wear said. “There’s been other names mentioned.”
Wear didn’t offer other names under consideration, and sources familiar with the nominees said Whaley appears set to get the commission’s approval.
He currently represents the fourth district of county commission and lives in Pigeon Forge.
He didn’t respond to a request for comment on this story.
Maples announced his resignation Sept. 29, and the city commission formally accepted it at its next meeting on Oct. 11.
Maples was midway through his second four-year term on city commission when he resigned. The next election for his seat is in 2023, so the city commission will select someone to fill the seat until then.
Wear has indicated he hopes to have the empty seat filled quickly because the city is looking to make some major decisions over the next few weeks, including selecting a route for the Westside Connector.
If the city commission makes its choice, the new commissioner could take the oath of office at its next meeting.
“We’d like to get this wrapped up and done,” Wear said. “We would like to have a full commission; I think the city deserves that for many of the major decisions we’ve got to make.”
They’re set to make that decision at the end of Monday’s regular meeting, which is set for 5:30 p.m. in Pigeon Forge City Hall.
Other items on the agenda for that meeting include:
• First reading of an ordinance that would adopt new electronic citation regulations and fees
• First reading of amendments to the city’s rules of the road
• Appointment of Vice Mayor Kevin McClure to the city beer board
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