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Perry County TN Courthouse
121 East Main St.
P.O. Box 16
Linden, TN 37096
(931) 589 2216


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Perry County Elected Officials Requirements

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Online Voter Registration:  You must have a Tennessee driver's license or Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security ID in order to submit this application online. If you do not have a Tennessee driver's license or Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security ID, you will be able to print the voter registration form and submit by mail.   

TN requirements to vote:

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You must be a resident of Tennessee
  • You must be at least 18 years old on/or before the next election
  • If you have been convicted of a felony, your eligibility to register and vote depends upon the crime you were convicted of and the date of your conviction. If your conviction made you ineligible, you may regain your eligibility if your conviction has been expunged or if you have had your voting rights restored, unless you were convicted of a crime that rendered you permanently ineligible to vote. Learn more on our website.

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Reprinted from Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett's website

GENERAL SESSIONS/JUVENILE COURT JUDGE

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall be at least 30 years of age and a resident of the state for 5 years and of the circuit or district 1 year.  (TN Constitution Article 6, Section 4)
  • Shall be licensed to practice law in this state. (TCA 16-15-5005)

DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall be a duly licensed attorney admitted to the practice of law in this state and a resident of the state for 5 years and of the circuit or district 1 year. (TN Constitution Article 6, Section 5)

DISTRICT PUBLIC DEFENDER

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall be a duly licensed attorney admitted to the practice of law in this state and a resident of the state for 5 years and of the judicial district for 1 year. (TCA 8‑14‑202)

COUNTY MAYOR/ COUNTY EXECUTIVE

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall be:
  1. A qualified voter of the county;
  2. At least 25 years of age; and
  3. A resident of the county for at least 1 year prior to the date of filing a nominating petition for election to such office.
  • Shall continue to reside in the county during the term of office and shall not, during the term of office, hold any other public office for profit. (TCA 5-6-104)

COUNTY COMMISSION

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall reside within and be a qualified voter of the district represented. (TCA 5‑5‑102)

SHERIFF

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • No person shall engage in the practice of law or serve as a member of the general assembly while serving as sheriff. (TCA 8-8-101)
  • A person shall:
  1. Be a citizen of the United States;
  2. Be at least 25 years of age prior to the date of qualifying for election;
  3. Be a qualified voter of the county and a resident of the county for one (1) full year prior to the date of the qualifying deadline;
  4. Have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent in educational training as recognized by the Tennessee state board of education;
  5. Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or any felony charge or any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances;
  6. Be fingerprinted and have the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation make a search of local, state, and federal fingerprint files for any criminal record. Fingerprints are to be taken under the direction of the T.B.I.  It shall be the responsibility of the T.B.I. to forward all criminal history results to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) commission for evaluation of qualifications;
  7. Not have been released, separated, or discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States with a Dishonorable or Bad Conduct discharge, or as a consequence of conviction at court martial for either state or federal offenses;
  8. Have been certified by a Tennessee licensed health care provider qualified in the psychiatric or psychological fields as being free any disorder, as set forth in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM III) or its successor, of the American Psychiatric Association; at the time of the examination, that would, in the professional judgment of the examiner, impair the subject’s ability to perform any essential function of the job; and
  9. Have at least three (3) years of full-time experience as a peace officer standards and training commission certified law enforcement officer in the previous ten (10) years or at least three (3) years of full-time experience as a state or federal certified law enforcement officer with training equivalent to that required by the peace officer standards and training commission in the previous ten (10) years.  (This requirement does not apply in any county having a metropolitan form of government where the sheriff does not have law enforcement powers.)
  10. Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or violation of any federal or state laws relating to controlled substance analogues.
  11. Shall file with the POST Commission,
  • An affidavit sworn to and signed by the candidate affirming that the candidate meets the requirements of this section; and
  • A confirmation of psychological evaluation form certified by the psychologist/psychiatrist providing psychological evaluation as provided for in §8-8-102(a) (8) for the purposes of sheriff candidacy qualification.

TRUSTEE

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101
  • Shall reside within the county. (TCA 8-48-101)

REGISTER OF DEEDS

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101
  • Shall reside within the county. (TCA 8-48-101)

CIRCUIT COURT CLERK

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall reside in the county wherein the court is held. (TCA 18-1-102)

COUNTY CLERK

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101
  • Shall reside within the county. (TCA 8-48-101)

ASSESSOR OF PROPERTY

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall reside within the county. (TCA 8-48-101)
  • No member of the county legislative body shall be eligible to hold the office of assessor. (TCA 67-1-503)

COUNTY HIGHWAY CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall reside within the county. (TCA 8-48-101)
  • Shall file affidavits and such other evidence as the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board shall require with the board not later than fourteen (14) days prior to the qualifying deadline for candidates in a popular election or, where the position is appointed, prior to appointment to the office. (TCA 54-7-104)
  • A person shall have at least a high school diploma or GED and meet one of the following criteria:
  1. Be licensed to practice engineering in Tennessee; or
  2. Be a graduate of an accredited school of engineering, with at least 2 years’ experience in highway construction or maintenance; or
  3. Have a combination of education and experience equivalent to either of the above; or
  4. Have at least 4 years’ experience in a supervisory capacity in highway construction or maintenance.  (TCA 54-7-104)

COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD (See City Charter for Qualifications of City School Board Members)

  • Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
  • Shall reside within and be a qualified voter of the district represented. (TCA 49‑2‑201)
  • Shall file with the county election commission proof of graduation from high school or receipt of a GED, evidenced by a diploma or other documentation satisfactory to the commission. (TCA 49-2-202)
  • No member of the county legislative body nor any other county official shall be eligible for election as a member of the county board of education. (TCA 49‑2‑202)
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