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Attorney general says applicants for clerk and master position can't be secret; Fields is one

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields is mum on whether he is seeking to replace Clerk and Master Lee Akers. But the state's attorney general has helped to shed some light on the subject.

Chancellors Frank Brown and Jeffery Atherton unsealed Fields' application and 16 others Friday, after they said Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. told them he would have a hard time defending their decision to seal public documents.

Fields is the county commissioner for District 2, which includes Signal Mountain and areas along the western border of the county. He was first elected in 2010 and faces no opposition for a second term in the August county election.

Akers will retire when his term ends in August, and Brown and Atherton are currently interviewing to identify his replacement.

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