Members of the Tennessee County Services Association elect a 19-member board of directors, which includes representatives of each of the three afﬁliate associations, and is responsible for adopting a legislative platform each year and directing association activities. Elections for board members are held during the association’s annual fall conference, hosted on a rotating basis throughout the different regions of the state. The board of directors is also responsible for hiring the TCSA executive director.
In addition to the TCSA Board of Directors, the association has traditionally had two standing committees: legislative and outreach. These two committees help the association connect with its membership and serve as a clearinghouse
for proposals to be submitted to the board for consideration. Committee members are appointed by the board of directors.
Newly established policy committees examine issues facing Tennessee counties and forward suggested positions or proposals to the legislative committee for consideration. It is anticipated that the committees can be both reactive (responding to proposed legislation and administrative actions) and proactive (proposing legislative and policy initiatives for the association to pursue). The legislative committee will review proposals of the policy steering committees, make recommendations and relay them back to the board of directors for review and possible adoption.
Similar membership development committees are being formed under the standing outreach committee to consider possible future member programs and services, provide input on conferences and training programs and review the association’s communications and publications.
Policy Steering Committees
Interested individuals from the association membership can ask to serve on one or more policy committees. Chairs for the policy steering committee will be named by the president. The committees will meet as needed, at the call of the chair.
Three policy steering committees in critical subject areas: transportation, corrections, and education are being formed this year. These three service areas comprise the vast majority of county budgets and are all areas where Tennessee has been moving through signiﬁcant policy changes or is in need of major reforms. Moving forward, we expect to expand this model with additional issue-based steering committees to give members direct input on TCSA positions in public policy areas.
Transportation Steering Committee
The transportation steering committee will review legislation generally related to transportation, operations of county highway departments, regulations impacting highway departments and infrastructure funding. The committee may also consider strategies for creating public awareness of infrastructure needs and funding challenges.
Corrections Steering Committee
The corrections steering committee reviews legislation related to criminal justice and public safety affecting county government operations, speciﬁcally jail and workhouse management, overcrowding, inmate medical issues and
reducing recidivism. If the state moves forward with signiﬁcant sentencing or corrections reform, this committee can review and respond to those deliberations.
Education Steering Committee
The education steering committee reviews legislation related to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education, particularly as it impacts county education budgets and ﬁnancing. The committee will also consider policy changes affecting school governance, teacher pay, school choice issues, and other education related topics. As the governor’s task force on education funding continues deliberations, this committee can provide feedback on those considerations and any proposed changes to the state’s education funding formula.
Membership Development Committees
Membership development committees will focus on the association’s relationship to its members, helping to retain and recruit new members and providing information and assistance with the wide range of member services we offer. In addition, these steering committees can review conferences and events, publications and communications, and training to help ensure that these association activities stay relevant and are provided in the manner most preferred by members. The committees can promote involvement with TCSA, its afﬁliates and the National Association of Counties, and help market TCSA-endorsed programs and services. These committees can also review potential new member beneﬁts and services. These committees will report proposed changes and new initiatives to the outreach committee, which will review and comment before forwarding ideas on to the TCSA board for consideration.
See TCSA's Organizational Structure Here