The Knoxville City Council approved the resignation of council member Cal Stephens at their regular meeting on July 1.

Following the approval, the council held a discussion regarding how to fill the vacant position. They agreed upon appointing a member of the public to the position, rather than holding an election. There will be an application and interview process, followed by the council appointing the new member at their regular meeting scheduled for Aug. 19.

During the meeting, Mayor Brian Hatch commented on Stephens’ resignation.

“I just want to talk a minute to thank council member Stephens for his service. I hated to see him go,” said Hatch. “… We thank him for his service. When one door closes, maybe another one opens. So hopefully it’ll open up an opportunity for someone else. Thanks, Cal for everything that you’ve done.”

The council also held a discussion regarding the future of the old East Elementary building, located at 614 E Washington. The building is currently serving as the temporary location for the Knoxville Public Library until renovations on its permanent location are complete.

Council members advised city employees to look into options for demolishing the building. They are hoping to gather price options for the demolition and begin reaching out to potential developers for the property.