The Washington County Commission

Washington County Board of County Commissioners  

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 six 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 15 commissioners in Washington County, serving in fifteen commission districts. Each commission district comprises several of the 35 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.
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
Steve Light 153 Thornburg Hills Rd
Limestone, TN 37681
(423) 341-3327
2nd Commission District
Kent Harris 184 Ward Rowe Road
Limestone, TN 37681
(423) 220-0577
3rd Commission District
Jerome Fitzgerald 111 Depot Street
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 440-3501
4th Commission District
Danny Edens 103 Meadowview Subdivision
Telford, TN 37690
(423) 483-3522
5th Commission District
Bryan Davenport 1120 Keeview Drive
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 676-3216
6th Commission District
Greg Matherly 404 Brookwood Drive
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 791-1905
7th Commission District
Larry England 10 McGregor Place
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 361-7806
8th Commission District
Freddie Malone 1189 Cattail Point
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 677-1267
9th Commission District
Suzy Williams 7 Llewellyn Wood
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 943-1563
10th Commission District
Phil Carriger 6 Fox Run Lane
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 741-3087
11th Commission District
Jodi Jones 315 W Locust Street
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 946-0444
12th Commission District
Robbie Tester 31 Cherokee Ridge Court
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 943-0188
13th Commission District
14th Commission District
Jim Wheeler 4 Windlesham Court
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 430-7935
15th Commission District
Mike Ford 191 John Garst Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 753-0186
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.
Rules of Procedure Revised August 2020.pdf5.39 MB