Tennessee statutes require election commissions to employ an administrator of elections (formerly known as the registrar-at-large), who is the chief administrative officer of the commission and who is responsible for daily operations of the office. The duties of the administrator include, but are not limited to, the following:
Employment of office personnel;
In fulfilling these duties, the administrator and election commission must keep in mind that, except in an emergency, the commission may not employ, nor ask the administrator of elections to employ, the commissioners themselves or members of their families nor, after July 1, 1999, the spouse, parents or children of the administrator of elections. The election laws also provide for the certification of administrators of elections, and for their compensation.