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Assessor OK with staffer selling real estate

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By Damon Lawrence

Cheryl Laxton continues to work as a real estate agent while serving as the chief of staff at the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office.
Her boss, Property Assessor David Morgan, said that’s OK with him.
“As long as it doesn’t get to the point where there’s any kind of conflict of interest with the office,” Morgan said.
Laxton hasn’t tried to conceal her working as an agent with Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.
She’s posted comments about it on her Facebook page.
“Took a little breather from real estate when I took my new position in the Roane County Assessor’s office but now I’m ‘BACK’,” one post said.
Laxton has a listing on a property at 175 Midway Drive, Oliver Springs, which is in Anderson County.
“From everything that she saw, it appears like there was no rule violation or anything that would permit her from doing this,” Morgan said.
Laxton was a candidate in last year’s property assessor’s race.
Citing personal reasons, she dropped out with about two months to go in the campaign and endorsed Morgan.
He went on to defeat longtime incumbent Teresa Kirkham.
Morgan later hired Laxton to be his chief of
staff.