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Fourth District: Lee Chase

Johnson City
Executive Director, Dawn of Hope
Seeking second term
Involvement, experience and dedication are the benefits Chase says he offers. “Commissioners need to have a pulse on the community, and I’m involved not only by serving as a commissioner but by being involved in the community.” In addition, he says being a student of government for many years enables him to bring those talents to the table. “I’m also dedicated to seeing Washington County be a better place and bringing together all Washington Countians, whether living in the city limits, in Jonesborough or the county.”
1. Which committees would you like to serve on and why?
“I’ve been on the Education Committee and one of the most important things the county has to deal with is the school facilities plan. I would like to see that plan affected in the most economic way, and would like to bridge the gap between the school board and the commission. I also have some interest in serving on the County-Owned Property Committee because it ties back into facilities, and I would like to see the county’s history preserved.”
2. What factors should be considered in a decision on whether commissioners receive benefits?
“Unfortunately, this is an issue that has been pushed to the back of the agenda for four years now. The full scope of salary and benefits for insurance and retirement need to be significantly studied. They also need to be equalized. The ideal element is to structure compensation to what is appropriate, and I do believe commissioners should pay. This needs to be addressed by the CIA Committee and addressed soon. It’s an issue that has been purposely ignored.”