County Elections

November 20, 2009 - 1st day to pick up petitions.

February 18, 2010, 12:00 NOON  - Qualifying deadline.

May 4, 2010 - Primary Election (Republican Party - Democratic Party)

August 5, 2010 - County General Election.

Click to see Election Schedule & dates 2009-2010

County Offices

In the county election next August 5, 2010, the ballot will include seats for County Mayor, County Commission all districts, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Road Superintendent, Sheriff, Trustee and Board of Education Districts 2, 4 and 6.

County Commission

District 1 Loudon - 2 seats

Seat A & Seat B

District 2 Lenoir City - 2 seats

Seat A & Seat B

District 3 Greenback – 1 seat

District 4 - Philadelphia – 1 seat

District 5 - Eaton, Browder – 2 seats

Seat A & Seat B

District 6 Highland Park – 1 seat

District 7 Tellico Village – 1 seat

Commissioners Salary: $7,903 yearly (ten percent of the Mayor’s salary)  Qualifications: County commissioners must reside within and be qualified voters of the district they represent.

 

County Officers Qualifications: 

There are no extraordinary qualifications to hold the office of county commissioner. However, a person must comply with the general requirements for holding office in this state. All persons 18 years old and over, who are citizens of the United States and of Tennessee, and who meet certain residency requirements are qualified to hold office unless the person:

1. Has been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, of larceny, or of any other

offense declared infamous by law, unless the person has been restored to

citizenship as prescribed by law;

2. Has been convicted of a state or federal felony related to public service,

even if citizenship status is later restored;

3. Has not paid a judgment for money received in an official capacity, which

is due to the United States, Tennessee, or any county;

4. Has defaulted to the treasury at the time of election (in which case the

election is void);

5. Is a soldier, seaman, marine, or airman in the regular United States Army,

Navy or Air Force; or

6. Is a member of Congress or holds any office of profit or trust under any

foreign power, other state of the Union, or the United States. T.C.A.

§§ 8-18-101, 40-20-114.

Compensation. The compensation of legislative body members is fixed by resolution of the body, although the General Assembly establishes the minimum compensation in certain classes of counties. T.C.A. § 5-5-107. Currently, the legislative body may not set the compensation of its members at less than the following daily amounts in these classes (by population) of counties:

Third class (50,000-150,000) $35 Sixth class (5,500-12,000) $20

Fourth class (23,300-50,000) $30 Seventh class (3,770-5,500) $20

Fifth class (12,000-23,300) $25 Eighth class (under 3,770) $20

These county classes are set by population and are delineated in T.C.A. § 8-24-101.

The amount provided above, or a greater amount provided by resolution duly adopted by the legislative body, must be paid to the members for each day's attendance at meetings of the county commission; however, a greater amount may be provided by resolution adopted by the legislative body as a stated salary per month. The compensation fixed by the legislative body for attending authorized committee meetings is one-half the daily compensation paid for attending regular sessions when the compensation is based upon attendance at meetings. T.C.A. § 5-5-107.

County Mayor - Salary $79,028

Qualifications: In order to run for the office a person must be a qualified voter of the county, at least 25 years old, and a resident of the county for at least one full year prior to filing a nominating petition for the office. T.C.A. § 5-6-104. After election, the county mayor must take an oath of office and execute a bond in the amount of $25,000 (in counties with a population of less than 15,000) or $50,000 (in counties with a population of 15,000 or more), although the county legislative body may require a greater amount. T.C.A. § 5-6-109.

Highway Superintendent  - Salary  $70,350

Qualifications: Candidates for chief administrative officer of county highway departments are required to certify their qualifications under the County Uniform Highway Law by filing affidavits with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board at least 14 days before the qualifying deadline. This board is responsible for certifying that the qualifications are acceptable. This certification, which is filed with the qualifying petition, is required before the candidate's name may be placed on the ballot. All correspondence with this board should be submitted through the office of the coordinator of elections. T.C.A. §54-7-104.

 

Sheriff - Salary  $70,350

 

Qualifications: Sheriffs must file certain materials with the POST Commission 14 days prior to the qualifying deadline for election to the office of sheriff. The POST Commission is responsible for certifying to the election commission that the qualifications are acceptable. This certification is required before the candidate's name may be placed on the ballot. See T.C.A. § 8-8-102 for more details on these requirements.

 

The sheriff, in all counties except those with a metropolitan form of government in which law enforcement powers have been assigned to some other official, must have the following specific qualifications in addition to the general qualifications noted earlier in this chapter:

1. Must be a United States citizen;

2. Must be 25 years of age prior to the qualifying date;

3. Must be a qualified voter of the county;

4. Must have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent as recognized

by the Tennessee State Board of Education;

5. Must not have been convicted, pled guilty or pled nolo contendere to any

felony charge or any violation of any federal or state laws or city

ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor

or controlled substances, so long as the violation involves an offense that

consists of moral turpitude, or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence;

6. Must be fingerprinted under the direction of the Tennessee Bureau of

Investigation (TBI) and have the TBI make a search of local, state and

federal fingerprint files for any criminal record;

7. Must not have been released from the armed forces of the United States

with a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge, or as a consequence of

conviction at court martial for either state or federal offenses;

8. Must have been certified by a qualified professional in the psychiatric or

psychological fields to be free of all apparent mental disorders as

described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,

Third Edition, of the American Psychiatric Association or its successor;

9. Must possess a current and valid peace officer certification as issued by

the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

Commission within 12 months of qualification for the election of the

sheriff. However, this qualification is waived for first-time elected sheriffs

who must enroll in a recruit training program within six months after taking

office and be POST certified in order to qualify for re-election;

10. Must not be a member of the General Assembly, nor shall any practicing

attorney be obligated to act as sheriff.

 

Every person who is elected sheriff after August 1, 2006, in a regular August election for a four year term and is a first term sheriff, regardless of the person’s previous law enforcement experience, must successfully complete the newly elected sheriff’s school before September 1 immediately following their election. Thereafter the new sheriff must successfully complete 40 hours of appropriate annual in-service training. Any newly elected sheriff who does not fulfill these training obligations loses the power of arrest. Any cost associated with the newly elected sheriff attending the newly elected sheriff’s school is paid by the county. T.C.A. §§ 8-8-101, 8-8-102.

 

Circuit Court Clerk - Salary $63,954

Qualifications. The clerks of court do not carry any qualifications beyond the general qualifications noted earlier in this chapter for county officers. See County Officers Qualifications.

 

County Clerk – Salary $63,954

Qualifications. The office of county clerk does not carry any qualifications beyond the general qualifications noted earlier in this chapter for county officers. See County Officers Qualifications.

 

Register of Deeds – Salary  $63,954

Qualifications. The office of register does not carry any qualifications beyond the general qualifications noted earlier in this chapter for county officers. See County Officers Qualifications.

 

Trustee - Salary $63,954

Qualifications. The office of trustee does not carry any qualifications beyond the general qualifications noted earlier in this chapter for county officers. See County Officers Qualifications.

 

Loudon County Board of Education

First day to pick up petition: January 1, 2010 (closed)

January 4, 2010 - office re-opens.

Deadline to turn in petition: April 1, 2010 12:00 NOON

Non-partisan race.

District 2 - Lenoir City (2 seats)

District 4 - Philadelphia (1 seat)

District 6 - Highland Park (1 seat)

Salary: $300.00 monthly or $3,600 yearly. The compensation of the board of education is fixed by the county legislative body T.C.A. § 49-2-202.

 

Qualifications: Members of the board of education must be residents and voters of the county in which they are elected, and, except in a few counties, must possess a high school degree or G.E.D.

 

NOTE: 

Clerk and Master – Salary $63,954. Appointee by Chancery Judge

Election Administrator – Salary $57,559. Appointee.

Property Assessor- Salary $63,954 – Election 2012

Qualifications. The office of assessor of property does not carry any election

qualifications beyond the general qualifications noted earlier in this chapter for county officers. However, the state board of equalization is authorized to prescribe educational and training courses to be taken by assessors and their deputies and to specify qualification requirements for certification of anyone who is to be engaged to appraise and assess property for purpose of taxation and be deemed a “qualified local assessor of property.” T.C.A. § 67-1-509.

SOURCE: CTAS Handbook