Dr. Larry Calhoun has been appointed to the Johnson City Commission.
The vote took place this evening during the commission meeting. Calhoun was also sworn in during the meeting.
Calhoun was among the final three candidates.
Calhoun was the first dean of the East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy. He held that position for over 11 years.
The commissioner spot was vacated following the passing of Ralph Van Brocklin last month. Van Brocklin suffered a heart attack.
“Obviously it’s a bittersweet day,” said David Tomita, Mayor of Johnson City. “We miss our friend and colleague a great deal.”
“Being selected to fill this two year term is just an unbelievable honor,” said Calhoun. “Its unfortunate that the circumstance are what they are. Ralph Van Brocklin is not replaceable.”
Calhoun has a list of projects that he wants to take on, including the development and growth of businesses in Johnson City.
Calhoun’s first meeting as a commissioner will be Thursday, November 1s at 6pm. The meeting will be held at 601 E. Main Street.