Section 1.     Name:
                       This organization shall be known as the Tennessee County Services Association, abbreviated
                        as TCSA.

Section 2.     Objects:
                       (a) The objects of this Association shall be to collect information, statistical and otherwiseof
               the functions,financing and operations of county governments and related governmental
                       agencies; for the further purpose of developing more efficient and economical functions
              of local government to promote the common welfare of the people through the orderly 
                       development of county government and its affiliated legal agencies; to develop methods
                       of economical financing, skillful planning and practical development of  county departments,
                       agencies and commissions for the general purposes aforesaid.

                       (b) To maintain a permanent organization to secure cooperation among the several counties
                       of the State of Tennessee in a comprehensive study of local problems and in the application
                       of efficient methods of local government.

                       (c) To provide means whereby the officials of the several counties of this state may
                       interchange ideas and experience and obtain expert advice,

                       (d) To collect, compile and distribute to county officials information about government and the
                       administration of county affairs and to engage in the study of standardization of administrative
                       practices in order to increase efficiency and reduce cost of operation.

                       (e) To cooperate with the National Association of Counties, and other appropriate organizations
                       and persons, in the protection of the interests of Tennessee Counties in matters of state and
                       national significance.

                       (f) To secure harmony of action among counties of this state in matters that affect the rights and
                       liabilities of counties.

                       (g) To do any and all other things necessary and proper for the benefit of the counties of this state.


                       Each of the ninety-five counties of the State of Tennessee shall be eligible for membership in this
                       Association.  A member   county shall be represented in the Association  by  one or more duly qualified 
                       members of the following organizations: Association of County Mayors of Tennessee, Tennessee 
                       County Highway Officials Association and the Tennessee County Commissioners Association, and
               whose countieare current in their dues.

Article III

                       In order for a county to be a member of this Association, it shall pay to thTennessee County
                       Services Association annually a per capita amount to bdetermined bthe Board of Directors.


Section 1.      The officers of this Associatioshall bPresident and a First and Second Vice President.
               They shall be elected by the membership at the Association's annual meeting foa term of on
                       year. No officer shall be eligible to immediate succession after having served three full terms. Not
                       more than one of these officers may simultaneouslcome from anyone of the three organizations.
                       Upon the expiration of the President's term, the First Vice President shall assume the office of the
                       President and the Second Vice President shall assume the office of the First Vice President. In
                       addition to the President and Vice Presidents, the Board of Directors shall designate an individual to
                       serve as the Executive Secretary of the Association. Such person may be chosen from the Board of
                       Directors, the hired staff of the Association or from the membership of the Association.

Section 2    For the purposes of electing the President and the Vice Presidents, amending the By-Laws, or
                       conducting any other business which might properly come before the entire membership, each member
                       county is to have three votes: one by the County Mayor or Executive (or other executive official),
                   one by the County Highway Officials, irrespective of their number and one by the County Commissioners,
                       irrespective of their number. There shall be no voting by proxy.


Section 1.      All business of this Association, other than the election of the officers thereof, amending the By-Laws, and
                       such other matters which might properly come before the entire membership shall be conducted by a
                       Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may conduct its business in person or, if the President
                       determines that meeting in person is not practical or necessary, the Board may meet via telephone or other
                       form of electronic communication.

Section 2.       The Board of Directors shall consist of nineteen (19members: three (3) from the Association of County
                        Mayors of Tennessee three (3) from the Tennessee County Highway Officials Associationthree (3)
             from the Tennessee County Commissioners Association; the Presidents of each of the membe
                     organizationsthe President anthtwo Vice Presidents of the Tennessee CountServices
             Association;  and in additiotheretothchieexecutive elected officials of thfou(4) metropolita
                  countiesto-wit, ShelbyDavidson, Hamiltonand KnoxIn thevent any such chieelected official cannot
                      attend angivemeeting of thBoaroDirectors, he or she madesignate one (1)  alternatto attend
                  in his or her steaand to represenhim or her a such Boarof Directors meeting,  such alternate to be
                        eithethchierepresentativof thhighway department of said county, or a representative othe
             county governing body of said countyor said chief executive elected official's regular full time  
                administrative assistant, or any officewho serves full time in an executivcapacitin  said countysaid  
                        alternate to serve during the term of thchief executivelected official. The term of said members o the 
              Board of Directorswith the exceptioothfour (4) representatives of thmetropolitan countieshall be
             thre(3) years each on a staggered basisas was originally provideby these By-Laws and adopted at  
                        the annual meeting in October, 1975. No such director shall be eligible for immediate re-election as a  
                          director after having served a full thre(3year term.The terms of the chief executive elected officials of   
                        thfour (4) metropolitan countieshall be coterminous with their terms of office.

Section 3.       In case of vacancy on thBoard of Directors of the Tennessee County Services Association
                        an election shall be held at the next meeting of the Association after the vacanc occurs to fill the 
             unexpired term of the member creating such vacancy on the Board of Directors. 
                     In the event any director is elected as an officer of the Tennessee County Services Association 
             or as President of his or her member organization, such election shall create a vacancy in the 
                  office of director for said member organization, and that organization shall elect another member to fill   
unexpired term as director of the Tennessee County Services Association.

Section 4.        The President of the Tennessee County Services Association shall be the Chairman of the Board of

Section 5.       The Board of Directors shall meet at least twice each year, one of which meetings shall be held 
                        immediately prior to the annual meeting, and such othemeetings as may be called bthe
             President of the Association or by a majority of the Board.

Section 6.       For the purpose of acting on any business before the Board of Directors, a majority of the Board
                        shall constitute a quorum. A majority of those present and voting shall be required to take action on
             any matter before the board. Unless the Board of Directors adopts a different set of Rules of 
                     of Procedures, meetings of the Board shall be conducted according to the most recent 
             edition of Roberts Rules of Order.  


Section 1.    The Board of Directors of the Tennessee County Services Association may employ an Executive
                       Director for the Association. The Executive Director shall keep minutes of all proceedings of th
                       Board of Directors and of business meetings of the entire membership, and shall perform such 
                       other duties as the Board of Directors may prescribe.

Section 2.    The Executive Director shall serve as a liaison to the General Assembly and the State
                       Administration on behalf of the members of the Association and shall coordinate all legislative 
                       lobbying activities of the Association's staff and contractors. 

Section 3.    The Executive Director shall prepare and present an annual budget to the Board of Directors for
                       their approval and shall employ and fix the salaries of other individuals as are necessary to the
                       operation of the Tennessee County Services Association, subject to the approval of the Board
                       of  Directors, and within budgetary limitations. 

Section 4.    All funds received by or on behalf of the Association shall be deposited by the Executive Director
                       in a bank and/or a savings and loan association prescribed by the Board of Directors to the 
                       account of the Tennessee County Services Association. The Executive Director shall pay all 
                       salaries and expenses necessary to the operation of the Tennessee County Services Association. 

Section 5.    The Executive Director shall be bonded or insured in an amount to be determined by the Board
                       of the Directors, to protect the association against misfeasance or malfeasance. 


Section 1.      There shall be established an Executive Committee to be compromised of the president and the First
                       and Second Vice Presidents of the Association to act for the Board in matters in which their judgement
                       cannot be delayed or which do not justify calling a meeting of the Board. The Executive Committee shall
                       meet on the call of the President or the Executive Director and is authorized to transact in business by 
                       telephone conference call or other form of electronic communication. The Secretary shall record minutes

                       of all actions of the Executive Committee and shall properly distribute copies to all Directors. 

Section 2.      There shall be established a Nominating Committee to be appointed annually by the President of the 
                       Association. The committee shall consist of three members, one to represent each of the affiliate
                       associations. In appointing the committee, the President shall ensure that one member comes from each
                       of the three Grand Divisions of the State. The Committee shall meet to determine a proposed slate of
                       officers to be submitted to the general membership at the Annual Conference. Nominees may be any  

                       member of the association in good standing. Initial terms or appointments of members of the Board of 

                       Directors may be adjusted to ensure staggering on rotation when, in the discretion of the Board of Directors,
                       is necessary. The Nominating Committee shall make recommendations for said adjustments and  
                       appointments at the next meeting of the Board of Directors after the need is identified. 


                       There shall be an annual meeting of this Association to be held in the fall of the year at such place and on 
                       such dates as the Board of Directors shall designate, and such other meetings as may be called by the 
                       President or by a majority of the Board of Directors, such call to be initiated by written notice to the 
                       Executive Director, designating the purpose, place, date and time of the meeting to be held, and the 
                       Executive Director, or, in the event of the Executive Director's absence or incapacity the President shall  

                       forthwith notify the members of the Association of the meeting and the contents of the call. 


                       The Association shall operate on a fiscal year running from July 1 to June 30. The Board of Directors 
                       of the Tennessee County Services Association shall provide for an annual audit of the Association's 
                       finances. Copies of the audit report will be distributed to each member of the Board of Directors and  
                       to any member of the Association upon his or her request. Copies of the report shall be made 
                       available to the membership at its annual meeting.  

Article X - AFFILIATIONS (Old Article V)

                       The Association, its officers and members, collectively and individually, may participate in and 
                       affiliate with, individually or as a component part of this Association, any other organization having
                       similar purposes or ideals, and the officers and Board of Directors of this Association shall have 
                       power to contribute to and aid such other Organizations in the furtherance of joint purposes. 


                       The Headquarters of the offices of this Association shall be in Nashville, Tennessee. 


                       These By-Laws may be amended or repealed by the membership at its annual meeting or at such 
                       other meetings of the membership as may be duly called by the Board of Directors for such purpose.
                       Provided, however, before any such amendment or repeal may be considered notice in writing of 
                       any proposed changes must be given at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which they are to be
                       voted upon. Such notices shall be given to the Executive Director of the Association who shall 

                       immediately transmit the copies thereof to the officers and members of the Board of Directors, and 

                       the same shall be considered by the Board at a meeting held prior to the membership meeting. 
                       A majority of all members attending and entitled to vote at the membership meeting will be required
                       to effect any proposed changes in these By-Laws.