From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive


     Tennessee Code Annotated represents the “Body of Law” as set forth by the Tennessee General Assembly over the course of history. Each “Rule of Law” must coincide with or fit within the confines of both the Tennessee State Constitution and the United States Constitution. In total, these regulations include rules, regulations, standards, precedents, policies and procedures, statutes, rules of conduct, ethics, etc.

     For local government, the TCA outlines general policies and procedures, defines responsibilities and job descriptions for all elected officials and their offices. They also establish a set of rules and procedures under which elected officials and department heads are expected to carry out the duties of their respective offices.

     TCA in conjunction with each county’s legislative body provides a “Code of Ethics’ and a set of compliance standards for all public officials including elected officials, appointed officials, department heads and support personnel. In addition, it is the responsibility of each office holder to set their office’s own set of policies and procedures. These should be in compliance with state standards and must be ratified by the county commission.

     The County Commission of each county (the body responsible for determining county policy, fiscal and budgetary procedures, set tax rates, administer finances and approve the county’s “Policies and Procedures”) must also work within the parameters of Tennessee Code Annotated. Additionally, the County Commission sets and enforces “Ethics Standards” as well as insuring that all county offices are in compliance with all Federal and State Laws, Regulations, Statutes and Standards.

     In addition to serving as the Chief Administrative Officer for the county, it is the County Executive’s duty to make committee appointments for commissioners as well as appoint individuals to other various county boards. All appointments are ratified or voted on by the County Commission. The committees include: The Finance Committee, Budget Committee, Audit Committee, Sheriff’s Committee, Ambulance Committee, Fire Committee, Risk Management Committee, Safety Committee, Building Committee, Tourism Committee and Agriculture Committee. Board appointments include: The Industrial Development Board, the Senior Citizen’s Advisory Board, the Solid Waste Board, the Library Board and the E-911 Board.

     Thanks to the combined efforts of the County Executive’s Office, the County Attorney, the Fentress County Commission, the County’s Elected Officials and various Department Heads, we strive to keep the county in compliance with all Federal and State regulations.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at *protected email*. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.