With this being a major election year for Tennessee counties, the Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA) is planning a training program for its members, legislative bodies from across the state. TCCA traditionally holds eight regional sessions each fall. With the introduction of required training for county commissioners, the association is working even more closely with the University Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) to provide qualifying hours that will help individual commissioners meet their training goals.
The TCCA regional meetings have always been designed to provide members of county legislative bodies a peer-to-peer networking experience, including an introduction into some of the common issues they all face, regardless of the county their serve. Oftentimes, the discussions that come about during the meetings have led to the association’s direction when the next session of the Tennessee General Assembly convenes. The Tennessee County Services Association (TCSA), which works hand-in-hand with TCCA on legislative matters before the legislature and Administration, uses these meetings as a precursor to developing its annual legislative platform.
“We have worked hard to schedule this year’s TCCA regional meetings around as many of our members’ schedules as possible,” said Charles Curtiss, TCCA executive director. “We are focusing this year on additional training for our county commissioners as they complete their annual training requirements.”
The TCCA membership over the past few years has discussed implementing a training requirement for all county legislative bodies, and in 2018 successfully advocated for passage of a bill requiring that all newly elected county commissioners complete an orientation program and then seven additional hours of training each subsequent year of their term, years two through eight of their continuous service. The training requirement does not impact those currently in office and reelected on August 2. However, once a commissioner leaves office for any reason and then returns, the requirement applies. Training will continue to be available for all county commissioners, though, despite it not being a requirement for service beyond that eighth year.
“I would urge every one of our 1,600 county commissioners to plan to attend one of this year’s regional meetings,” said Curtiss, who is asking commissioners to notify the office of their plans by simply calling or emailing the TCCA office with the total number from your county planning to attend a specific meeting location.
Specifically, Curtiss is asking county commissioners to do three things in preparation:
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 532-3767 with the total number planning to attend from your county
- Make sure every member of your county legislative body knows about the regional meetings, especially the one closest to you
- Invite incumbents and candidates for state and federal office to attend at least one of the regional meetings so they can hear first hand the issues most pressing for counties
All of the regional meetings are formatted the same, with the doors opening for registration at 5:30 p.m. local time. The meal will begin at approximately 6 p.m., and training soon thereafter. The meeting is expected to wrap up by 8:30 p.m.
The locations of the regional meetings are intended to make attendance convenient to counties located nearby. However, if you are not able to attend the meeting closest to you, please make plans to attend another of the meetings.
TCCA Regional Meetings Set For This Fall 2018
Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. local time and meal will start at approximately 6 p.m.
September 6 Henry County Fairgrounds, 517 Royal Oaks Dr., Paris, TN 38242 (Henry County)
September 11 DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards, 600 Lance Dr., Baxter, TN 38544 (Putnam County)
September 13 The Catfish House, 3424 Tom Austin Hwy., Springfield, TN 37172 (Robertson County)
September 20 Henry Horton State Park conference center (behind restaurant), 4209 Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, TN 37034 (Marshall County)
September 24 Elks Lodge, 235 2nd St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (Bradley County)
September 25 Calhoun’s on the River, 400 Neyland Dr., Knoxville, TN 37902 (Knox County)
September 27 Visitor’s Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659 (Washington County)
October 2 West Tennessee Ag Center, 605 Airways Blvd., Jackson, TN 38301 (Madison County)