From The COAT President

Tom’s public service began with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office where he was employed for 10 years.  He worked as a correction officer, dispatcher, patrolman, criminal investigator, civil and criminal process server as well as serving as the Director of the Blount Metro Narcotics Unit for three and a half years.


Barbra Parker

Tom Hatcher

Blount County Circuit Court Clerk

COAT President


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Tennessee County Clerks

 Anderson County Clerk, Jeff Cole is a life long resident of Anderson County.  After graduating from Clinton High School, he attended Carson Newman College, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management.  He resides in Clinton with his wife, Carol Rose, of Rockwood.  They have one son Dallas Aaron.


Wayne MashburnJeff Cole


County Clerk


Tennessee County Clerks Association

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Tennessee Clerks of Court

I am a lifelong resident of Monroe County having graduated from Madisonville High School, Hiwassee College and attended the University of Tennessee. I have 2 adult daughters and have been involved in various organizations and I’m a member of the First Baptist Church in Madisonville.  I am a Certified Public Administrator through the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.


Danny TannerMarty Cook

Monroe County

Circuit Court Clerk


State Court Clerks Association

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Tennessee Registers Association

The Register of Deeds for Weakley County, Donna Snyder, has served Weakley County for 38 years. She was elected Register of Deeds in August 2002.


Johnny ReedDonna Snyder

Weakley County Register of Deeds



Tennessee Registers Association

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Tennessee County Trustee Association

David C. Lenoir is a lifelong Memphian who had a 20-year career in the financial services industry before being elected Shelby County Trustee in 2010. He was re-elected to a second term in August 2014. As Trustee, Mr. Lenoir has focused on operational efficiency, proactive collection of delinquent taxes, and efforts to stabilize the tax base.



Rodney ArcherDavid C. Lenoir

Shelby County Trustee

Tennessee County
Trustee Association

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February Issue of County Officials E-News Now Available!
Click the link below to view the February issue of our monthly newsletter. Inside you will find lots of great information about mileage rates, withholding taxes, County Government Day, and more!

County Officials E-News - February 2016

jaywestThe Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Thursday, April 17, which made for one of the shortest legislative sessions in recent years.  They passed a budget which provided for no pay increases for state employees or teachers.  They did, however, provide funding for the COCTP program.

One bill was introduced by Representative Spivey which, if enacted, would have allowed each county commission to determine the compensation for each county official.  This legislation did not pass.  Our office received many inquiries about the bill.

During this election year, all of the House seats and one half of the Senate seats are up for election.  There are a number of members of the legislature who are either not running for reelection or are seeking other offices.  A new legislature will convene on January 13, 2015.

COAT legislative chair Tom Hatcher, Blount County Circuit Court Clerk, spent long hours on Capitol Hill this session.  I appreciate his leadership and help in developing strategies to deal with the various pieces of legislation of concern to the COAT members.

The COAT Conference will be held in Chattanooga November 4,5, and 6, at the Marriott and Convention Center.

Jay West is Executive Director of The County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT) - a non-profit association of County Clerks, State Court Clerks, Registers and Trustees. COAT was formed in 1968 to serve coordinated efforts of county officials with respect to training and intergovernmental relations while providing a cooperative information sharing environment.

COAT is managed by a 17 member voting board of directors, about half of whom are elected annually during each fall COAT Association meeting. Representatives from the various county official groups that serve as COAT affiliates gather during the association meeting to discuss issues relating to their county offices.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the County Officials Association of Tennessee to provide equal employment opportunities to individuals and to provide its programs, activities and services to its members regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or status in any other group protected by law. Inquiries and charges of violation of this policy and requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to Jay West, COAT Executive Director, at 615-253-6700.

Title VI Policy

It is the policy of the County Officials Association of Tennessee to provide all of its programs, activities and services to its members regardless of race, color, or national origin. Inquiries and charges of violation of this policy should be directed to Jay West, COAT Executive Director, at 615-253-6700.

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Public Service Legacy Society Launched

The UT Institute for Public Service recently launched the Public Service Legacy Society to honor individuals who remember the institute or one of its agencies - the County Technical Assistance Service, the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, the Law Enforcement Innovation Center, the Center for Industrial Services or the Jimmy Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership - in their estate plans. As a Charter Member of the society, Davidson Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell is strategically planning to continue his legacy of public service for the greater good through a trust set up to benefit the work of the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS).

“Joining the society made sense to me as I wanted to do something to give back to an important organization that touches the lives of nearly all Tennesseans,” Cardwell said. “No other agency does as much for county government as CTAS and I greatly appreciate its work and support, which has helped me serve Davidson County residents for so many years.  Choosing to support IPS through my estate plan worked for me knowing that a program assisting the mission of CTAS will be permanently funded. I hope others consider joining as well.”

There are many ways one can become a member of the Public Service Legacy Society. A simple bequest through an existing will is an option as well as creating a trust as Cardwell is doing. One can also contribute to existing endowmauents through an estate gift or give any appreciated assets such as stocks or bonds. Some individuals choose to make a gift that provides a lifetime of tax-free income at a rate much higher than commercial annuities. It also is possible to see a reduction in estate taxes as a result of free, confidential estate planning assistance provided by the staff of the University of Tennessee Foundation.

Whatever the reason for donation, the gift will affect the economic development, law enforcement, technical advising, training and leadership development in our great state of Tennessee for many years to come.

For more information about the society, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at The University of Tennessee Foundation, the Institute for Public Service’s development director, at (865)974-6587.


C.O.A.T. Officers & Directors

President – Tom Hatcher *
Blount County Circuit Court Clerk

Secretary-Treasurer – Crystal Greene
Giles County Circuit Court Clerk

President-Elect – Jerry Armstrong *
Hardeman County Clerk

1st Vice-President – Marty Cook *
President, Tennessee State Court Clerks Association
Monroe County Circuit Court Clerk

2nd Vice-President – Jeff Cole *
President, Tennessee County Clerks Association
Anderson County Clerk

3rd Vice-President – Donna W. Snyder *
President, Tennessee Registers Association
Weakley County Register of Deeds

4th Vice-President – David Lenoir *
President, Tennessee Trustees Association
Shelby County Trustee

Presidential Advisor – T.J. Jones
Dyer County Circuit Court Clerk

Parliamentarian – Martha Smith
Hardin County Clerk & Master

Judge Advocate – Claudia Peeler
Tipton County Register of Deeds

Historian – Pam Hurst
Hamilton County Register of Deeds

Sergeant-at-Arms – Tim Burrus
Benton County Clerk & Master

Chaplain – Teb Batey
Rutherford County Trustee

Past President – Barbra Parker *
Fayette County Trustee

Finance Committee Chair – Sonny Howse *
Haywood County Trustee

Legislative Committee Chair – Rodney Archer *
Anderson County Trustee

County Clerks
Donna Craig (1 years) Henry County *
Pam Ailor (2 years) Union County *

Registers of Deeds
D.W. Weaver (1 years) Marshall County *
Tim Shelton (2 years) Anderson County *

Marty Nelson (1 years) Sumner County *
John Baskette (2 years) Hamblen County *

State Court Clerks
Robert Baggett (1 years) Franklin County *
Diane Polk (1 years) Hardin County *
Kathy Jones-Terry (2 years) Hamblen County *
Lisa Niles (2 years) Loudon County *

*Denotes voting board member

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