The Washington County Commission

Once called the County Court, the modern County Commission actually functions as the legislative body of county government, working primarily through the committee system. There are five standing committees and numerous other committees boards and commissions whose vote functions as a recommendation to the full County Commission.
Whether it is payment of bills, approval of expenditures, approval of the budget, zoning changes or new legislation, committee actions do not take on the color of law until approved by a vote of the full commission.
There are 25 commissioners in Washington County, serving in nine commission districts. Each commission district comprises several of the 40 Civil Districts, each of which is a voting precinct.
To see the Commission's adopted rules of procedure, click on the file attachment at the bottom of this page or click here
Originally there were 18 Civil Districts, but population growth has caused urban precincts to be subdivided in order to effect proportional distribution. One vestige of the old County Court days is that County Commissioners can still perform marriages.
1st Commission District (Civil Districts 10-T, 11-E, 11-I, 11-L and 11-WI)
Greg Matherly 404 Brookwood Drive
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 282-0503
Pete Speropulos III 157 Cedar Point Road
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 914-1962
Doyle Cloyd 286 Highland Church Road
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 753-0195
2nd Commission District (Civil Districts 9-3, 9-6, 10-P, and 10-I)
Dr. Sam Humphreys 708 E. Mountain View Road
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 282-5565
Joe Sheffield 150 Degrasse Drive
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 283-4171
George E. "Skip" Oldham III 1604 Par Court
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 928-7477
3rd Commission District (Civil Districts 9-7W, 9-9, 9-10 and 10-S)
Alpha Bridger 2009 Northwood Drive
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 929-1052
Mitch Meredith 2012 Northwood Drive
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 928-7326
Sam Phillips 903 W. Hillcrest Drive
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 557-5370
4th Commission District (Civil Districts 9-1, 9-5 and 9-8)
Phyllis Corso 1107 Southwest Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 833-4110
David Tomita 605 E. Holston Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 534-7680
Lee Chase 111 W. 11th Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 926-1490
5th Commission District (Civil Districts 4, 8-2, 8-14 and 8-15)
Ethan Flynn 3109 W Walnut St, Apt #3
 Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 767-6000
Ken Lyon 1 Oglewood Circle
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 928-8877
Richard Matherly 4117 Cherokee Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 753-0769
6th Commission District (Civil Districts 8-1, 8-16, 9-7A, 11-M, 15-1 and 15-2)
William "Joe" Grandy 620 Old Embreeville Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 791-1033
Gearld Sparks 824 Shell Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 753-9500
Mark Ferguson 312 Jim Range Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 753-2816
7th Commission District (Civil Districts 12-C, 12-E, 12-W, 14 and 16)
Mike Ford 191 John Garst Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 753-0186
Mark Larkey 114 Elizabeth Avenue
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 477-3024
Roger Nave 1206 Gray Station Road
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 477-7589
8th Commission District (Civil Districts 3, 7, 13, 17, 18)
Ben Bowman 327 Carson Creek Road
Limestone, TN 37681
(423) 257-6631
Steve Light 153 Thornburg Hills Road
Limestone, TN 37681
(423) 257-4302
9th Commission District (Civil Districts 1, 2, 5 and 6)
David Shanks 167 Leonard Road
Telford, TN 37690
(423) 257-5515
Pat Wolfe 2467 Highway 11-E
Telford, TN 37690
(423) 753-9025
County commissioners are elected in the regular August election for a four-year term which begins Sept. 1. County commissioners must reside within and be a qualified voter of the district represented. County employees otherwise qualified to serve may hold office as a legislative body member.
However, no person elected or appointed as county executive, sheriff, trustee, register, county clerk, assessor of property, or any other countywide office filled by popular vote or by the legislative body may be nominated for or elected to the legislative body. If a commission member accepts nomination for any of the above offices, or for the General Assembly when the office is being filled by the legislative body, that member becomes disqualified to continue in office and a vacancy in the commission will automatically exist.
The County commission sets its meeting dates and place, but must meet at least four times a year. Vacancies are filled by the remaining commission members until a successor is elected in the next general election.
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