McCulley opts to retire from Blount County Commission

Blount County commissioner Joe McCulley will not run for re-election to his District 3 Seat B position.

McCulley, 66, said he and his wife, Kay, have been mulling the move for the last couple of months. “My wife and I decided the best thing for us to do was not be a candidate again,” McCulley said. “It is more personal than anything.”

McCulley said they plan to downsize from their current home toward the end of the year, and they’ll spend much of their time dealing with that move. “Needless to say we didn’t want to go through another campaign,” he said.

The retired Alcoa, Inc., employee said one of the things he is very proud of is how he was able to help get another insurance carrier to serve as administrator to the county’s self-insured health insurance plan. One of the first things McCulley did near the beginning of his term was to speak with County Mayor Jerry Cunningham about switching carriers to administer the county program.

“We were paying way too much. Thanks to Cunningham and (then assistant county mayor) Dave Bennett helping, we got it changed to a different carrier, and it saved the county $1.7 million a year,” he said. “Anytime you cut costs, it saves the employee on co-pays. The total benefit was probably $3.5 million.”

Picking up petitions to run for office this week are:

Jerry Lee Harvey, Republican, 3216 Fair Oaks Drive, District 4, Seat A

Tony Webb, Democrat, 3257 Louisville Road, District 10, Seat A

Roy Lawson, Independent, 116 Elm St., Rockford, Rockford City Commission.

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