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Tennessee Democratic Party searching for new employees after departures

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Source: WBIR, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron Source: WBIR, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron

Our NBC Affiliate in Knoxville, WBIR is reporting the Tennessee Democratic Party is searching for a new executive director and other positions after several departures.

The party released job postings for the top staff position, as well as a new deputy finance director, digital director and office manager.

State party Chairman Roy Herron has a reputation for being a difficult manager and cutting costs and that has led to executive committee members to question his management style.

"I am a demanding boss. There is no question. I expect a lot of myself, and I expect a lot out of those working with me," said Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron.

Earlier this month, within days of the party's biggest fundraiser three party Executive Director Kevin Teets, Deputy Finance Director Cortnye Stone and office manager Allison Jones all resigned.

Herron says he saved $20,000 a month by cutting operating costs and will end up saving the party $200,000 by leaving positions such as deputy executive director, political director and field director unfilled for this year.

Knoxville executive committee member Bill Owen thinks Herron's doing a great job while working under hard circumstances.

The party vacancies were posted on the Tennessee Democratic Party's website Friday and went out Monday to other sites, including those run by other state parties. Herron said the party already has begun receiving applications.

"We've been fortunate to have really talented people work for us in the past," he said. "The party continues to attract extremely talented people to work for it that will work hard to elect Democrats."

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