Scott Gillenwaters, vice chair of the Anderson County School Board and former Anderson County commissioner, has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for Anderson County trustee.
Gillenwaters has served eight years on the Anderson County School Board. Currently, he serves as the vice chair and chairs the Budget Committee, a press release said. He has attained a Level IV Boardsmanship Award from the Tennessee School Board Association, the press release said.
Prior to his election to the School Board, Gillenwaters was elected to two terms on the Anderson County Commission, where he was the chair of both the Operations and Legislative Committees, the press release said. During his time on Commission, he was appointed parliamentarian by the Commission twice and served on various other committees. He also served as a regional board member for the Tennessee County Commissioners Association.
For more than 25 years, Gillenwaters has been the director of student ministries at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge. He has performed multiple roles in addition to his student ministries responsibilities, including facilities director and support staff manager, the press release said. He writes periodically for The Center for Youth Ministry Training, Youth Specialties and Youth Worker Journal, and he is a consultant for Arbor Research Group. During his time at First United Methodist Church, he was an integral part of the steering committee for Resurrection Student Ministries, the annual youth conference in Gatlinburg and the largest gathering of United Methodist youth in the world, the release said.
Gillenwaters has been involved with many organizations as a volunteer. He has been a member of the board of directors for Habitat of Humanity of Anderson County, Contact Help Line, and Wesley Woods United Methodist Camp. For more than 20 years, he has been a volunteer mediator with Community Mediation Services in Clinton, working with both the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program and the Teen Parent Mediation. He has also been a member of the Lions Club for more than 25 years.
“I want to continue the top-notch service (that the) citizens of the county have come to expect from the Trustee’s Office,” Gillenwaters said. “I will make sure the offices always have smiling faces to greet people as they walk in, while at the same time utilizing the most advanced systems of technology. I believe the trustee must be a person of upmost integrity, who has a history of service and commitment to the county.”
Gillenwaters has been married for 28 years to Kathy Kilday Gillenwaters. The couple has two young adult sons, Chris and Andrew.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Scott Gillenwaters.
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