We continue on with our Knox County interviews with Steve Drevik who is up for County Commissioner District 4, Seat B.
1. Introduce yourself to Knoxville, who are you, and why are you running?
I’m Steve Drevik, candidate for County Commission 4-B. I’m an engineer, a business owner, and a lifetime resident of Knox County. I feel called to run. My primary objective is to put in place the reforms for all commissioners that would come after me- reforms that would make County Commission an uncomfortable place for anyone who would misuse the office for their own gains or for their cronies. I have a specific and agressive 10-point plan to do this, which includes extending the conflict of interest rules to family members and major donors, and requiring Commissioners to report any conversation they have (not just with other commissioners!) where County business is discussed.
I also want to bring more scrutiny to our budget and procurements, using my private business experience working with 100+ other county and state agencies on large procurements, contracts, etc. With that money, we can improve education and the lives and opportunities for Knox County citizens.
2. We think it’s better knowing what not to do rather than having an extensive plan. What areas or interests would benefit Knox County not to venture into?
Knox County shouldn’t be in the business of using TIFs to decide where the next Lowe’s needs to go- the private market can do that just fine. TIFs should be reserved for “but for” development and bringing in *new* high-paying jobs to Knox County. I would also add that I don’t think God needs the approval of County Commission to act within our lives. The last thing God needs is County Commission getting involved!
3. What 5 things could you not live without?
My family, my friends, my incredible employees, my cellphone, a good supply of books to read.