The County Mayor, Mark Bentley, is the chief executive officer of the county, and has the powers and duties previously exercised by the county judge, except judicial functions. The County Mayor serves as a nonvoting, ex-officio member of the legislative body. Additionally the County Mayor or his/her representative serves as a nonvoting, ex officio member of each committee of the legislative body, except as provided by law or by the legislative body.
The County Mayor is the chief financial officer and has the care and custody of all county property. The County Mayor may employ or retain counsel. The County Mayor also appoints county board and commission members and county department heads, unless otherwise provided by law. These appointees are subject to confirmation by the legislative body.
The County Mayor has other duties and interacts with other county officials in almost every area of local administration. The full duties of the County Mayor are found in Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 5-6-101, et.seq.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICE:
- Serves as Chief Executive Officer of the County.
- Serves on several area Boards as prescribed by State Law.
- Has the care and custody of all county property.