|The Rutherford County Election Commission elected a new administrator of elections Tuesday night.
Tom Walker was given the job after receiving a 3-2 vote by the five-member election commission at Tuesday night’s special meeting. Walker is a Murfreesboro resident and former Republican election commission chairman who recently resigned to compete for the job.
Walker will take the position Jan. 1 replacing retiring Election Administrator Hooper Penuel. The job pays $78,274 annually to an administrator with state certification.
“I am ready to go to work,” Walker said after learning he had been given the job.
The three finalists for the job were given five minutes each to tell the election commission why he or she should be the next election administrator before the commission made its decision.
Karen Hudson, a county grand jury forewoman, former staff attorney with an insurance company and former officer with the Rutherford County Republican Party, and Tim Rudd, an elected Republican State Executive Committee member, were finalists for the election administrator position.
Election Commissioner James Evans Jr. remarked that the commission was “fortunate to have such a pool of talent in Rutherford County” that applied for the election administrator position. Some 57 people applied for the job.
Last week the commission had narrowed the pool down to seven candidates and conducted interviews.