Johnson County Commissioner Candidates
*Photos not submitted: Timothy Paul Dugger & Robert L. Swift
*Photos not submitted: Jerry Grindstaff, Gregory R. Reece & Billy D. Roark.
*Photos not submitted: Leon Odom & Rick Snyder.
*Photos not submitted: Jimmy Lowe & Steve Marshall.
*Photos not submitted: David McQueen
The typical form of county government in the state of Tennessee involves a popularly elected legislative body, called the board of county commissioners. The Board functions as a primary policy-making body under the powers granted by the General Assembly in public or private acts, including the power to levy property taxes and expend funds for the benefit of all Johnson County residents.
According to State Comptroller’s Office, Johnson County is divided into the following seven commission districts: District 1, which encompasses the Laurel Bloomery and Cold Springs Communities will elect three commissioners to represent this area. District 2, which covers the areas of Forge Creek and Shouns, elects one representative to the county board of commissioners. The communities of Neva and Trade, which made up District 3, will elect three commissioners while District 4, which includes all of Butler and Dry Run, will elect two county commissioners.
Three county commissioners will be elected to represent the Doe Valley community. Voters in Shady Valley and the Sutherland Community, which make up District 6, will elect one county commissioner while District 7, or voters in the city of Mountain City, will elect two for a total of 15 commissioners on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.
According to the University of Tennessee’s County Technical Service, “any county resident who is at least 18 years old, and who is not otherwise disqualified from holding public office by reason of certain criminal convictions or other legal qualifications, may seek the office of county commissioner for the district in which the commissioner resides.”
State law does, however, dictate the number of county commissioners, calling for at least nine and no more than 25 members elected from all county districts, with no more than three members serving in each particular district.
Members, which are elected by the voters in their district to four-year terms, receive compensation for their service and meeting attendance. Although the county legislative body determines compensation, the General Assembly establishes guidelines for minimum wages, which amount varies from $20 – $35 for each meeting attended depending upon the county population.