Washington County Mayor's Office
103 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN 37659
Dan Eldridge, Mayor
Dan Eldridge is serving his first term as Washington County's chief financial officer — the primary responsibility of the County Mayor. Eldridge was elected in August, 2010 to replace the retiring George Jaynes, who served as County Mayor from 1986-2010.
The County Mayor is chairman of the County Commission and chief financial officer of the county. In the case of Washington County, which has grown to a population of more than 120,000, this entails managing a general fund budget exceeding $60 million.
The County Mayor also has care and custody of all county property. He has the power to appoint department heads, subject to confirmation by the County Commission. The Mayor serves terms of four years.
His staff is paid out of the general fund, and includes the purchasing, accounts and finance and communications departments.
About Dan Eldridge
When Washington County voters selected Dan Eldridge to replace the retiring incumbent County Mayor, George Jaynes, on May 4, 2010, they elected a Washington County native with strong roots in the county's agricultural, educational and business sectors.
Eldridge and his wife Tammy have been married for 26 years and are the parents of two daughters and one son. Dan Eldridge grew up in Jonesborough, graduated from David Crockett High School in 1978, and earned a bachelor's degree in construction technology at East Tennessee State University before entering the telecommunications industry.
In 1990, Eldridge started a company that became a national leader in wireless communications infrastructure, before selling it and leading several residential and commercial development projects in Washington County. He also owns an angus cattle farm, serves in various leadership roles in local business, higher education, finance and agricultural organizations, and serves as a deacon at Boone Trail Baptist Church.
As Mayor, Eldridge hopes to help lead a more efficient, cost-effective Washington County government so that citizens' tax dollars can be directed toward job growth, a stronger education system and enhancing the natural and cultural amenities that make the county a great place to live.