Former Anderson County Mayor Rex Lynch is running for Anderson County Circuit Court Clerk, opposing incumbent William Jones in the May 1 Republican Primary, a press release said.
Lynch, the county’s mayor from 1998 through 2010, has worked the past two years as a court security officer in Anderson County General Sessions Court Judge Don Layton’s courtroom, the press release said.
In the press release, Lynch said he thinks his stint as a court officer, along with his vast county government experience, would allow him to implement the significant changes necessary to make the Circuit Court work better for the citizens of Anderson County. Those changes would begin with an infusion of leadership to establish better public relations and customer service in the office, Lynch said.
Among the various organizations and committees that Lynch has served and led include: chairman of the Anderson County Development Corporation; member of Board of Directors for Anderson County Economic Development Association; CROET Board member; East Tennessee Economic Council Board member; board vice chair for East Tennessee Development District; board vice chair for East Tennessee Human Resource Agency; Cumberland Mountain RC&D Board member; Tennessee Association of Mayors Board member; member Alpha Lodge #376; member of Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville; Clinton Rotary Club; and member of Second Baptist Church in Clinton.
Lynch received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. This honor was bestowed for outstanding service for providing assistance and support for the Anderson County Health Department’s dental clinics, which have served as a model for dental services in the East Tennessee region.
Lynch, in 2009, was also recognized for his role in consolidating two local utilities—ACUB and NACUD—to form the Anderson County Water Authority, which now serves more than 10,000 customers, the press release said.
In 2005, Lynch, as Anderson County mayor, helped re-organize the Anderson County Emergency Management Department into the Emergency Management and Homeland Security of Anderson County (OEMHS). Lynch, as county mayor, is credited for his integral role in reducing Anderson County’s debt by millions of dollars, the press release said.
As mayor, Lynch had a streak of 13 consecutive years—from 1998 until the end of his term in 2011—of presenting a no-tax increase budget to the Anderson County Commission, the press release said. In that time ,he helped increase the Anderson County undesignated fund balance from $200,000 in 1998 to more than $5 million in 2011, the release said. He was awarded with the Certification of Achievement for Excellence from 1998 through 2009. Among the accomplishments Lynch is most proud of in his career as a public servant is continually working to secure grants to provide water in rural areas in Anderson County, the press release said.
Lynch resides in Clinton and is married to Jamie Denton Lynch, and they have two sons and two daughter in-laws, Clint and Ashlee Lynch and Jake and Bethany Lynch.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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