Article I - NAME AND OBJECTS
Section 1. Name:
This organization shall be known as the Tennessee County Services Association, abbreviated
Section 2. Objects:
(a) The objects of this Association shall be to collect information, statistical and otherwise, of
the functions,financing and operations of county governments and related governmental
agencies; for the further purpose of developing more efficient and economical functions
of local government to promote the common welfare of the people through the orderly
development of county government and its affiliated legal agencies; to develop methods
of economical financing, skillful planning and practical development of county departments,
agencies and commissions for the general purposes aforesaid.
(b) To maintain a permanent organization to secure cooperation among the several counties
of the State of Tennessee in a comprehensive study of local problems and in the application
of efficient methods of local government.
(c) To provide means whereby the officials of the several counties of this state may
interchange ideas and experience and obtain expert advice,
(d) To collect, compile and distribute to county officials information about government and the
administration of county affairs and to engage in the study of standardization of administrative
practices in order to increase efficiency and reduce cost of operation.
(e) To cooperate with the National Association of Counties, and other appropriate organizations
and persons, in the protection of the interests of Tennessee Counties in matters of state and
(f) To secure harmony of action among counties of this state in matters that affect the rights and
liabilities of counties.
(g) To do any and all other things necessary and proper for the benefit of the counties of this state.
Article II - MEMBERSHIP
Each of the ninety-five counties of the State of Tennessee shall be eligible for membership in this
Association. A member county shall be represented in the Association by one or more duly qualified
members of the following organizations: Association of County Mayors of Tennessee, Tennessee
County Highway Officials Association and the Tennessee County Commissioners Association, and
whose counties are current in their dues.
In order for a county to be a member of this Association, it shall pay to the Tennessee County
Services Association annually a per capita amount to be determined by the Board of Directors.
Article IV - OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of this Association shall be a President and a First and Second Vice President.
They shall be elected by the membership at the Association's annual meeting for a term of one
year. No officer shall be eligible to immediate succession after having served three full terms. Not
more than one of these officers may simultaneously come from anyone of the three organizations.
Upon the expiration of the President's term, the First Vice President shall assume the office of the
President and the Second Vice President shall assume the office of the First Vice President. In
addition to the President and Vice Presidents, the Board of Directors shall designate an individual to
serve as the Executive Secretary of the Association. Such person may be chosen from the Board of
Directors, the hired staff of the Association or from the membership of the Association.
Section 2. For the
purposes of electing the President and the Vice Presidents, amending the By-Laws, or
conducting any other business which might properly come before the entire membership, each member
county is to have three votes: one by the County Mayor or Executive (or other executive official),
one by the County Highway Officials, irrespective of their number and one by the County Commissioners,
irrespective of their number. There shall be no voting by proxy.
Section 1. All business of this Association, other than the election of the officers thereof, amending the By-Laws, and
such other matters which might properly come before the entire membership shall be conducted by a
Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may conduct its business in person or, if the President
determines that meeting in person is not practical or necessary, the Board may meet via telephone or other
form of electronic communication.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall consist of nineteen (19) members: three (3) from the Association of County Mayors
of Tennessee three (3) from the Tennessee County Highway Officials Association; three (3) from the Tennessee
County Commissioners Association; the Presidents of each of the member organizations; the President and the
two Vice Presidents of the Tennessee County Services Association; and in addition thereto, the chief executive
elected officials of the four (4) metropolitan counties, to-wit, Shelby, Davidson, Hamilton, and Knox. In the event any
such chief elected official cannot attend any given meeting of the Board of Directors, he or she may designate one
(1) alternate to attend in his or her stead and to represent him or her at such Board of Directors meeting, such
alternate to be either the chief representative of the highway department of said county, or a representative of the
county governing body of said county, or said chief executive elected official's regular full time administrative assistant,
or any officer who serves full time in an executive capacity in said county, said alternate to serve during the term of
the chief executive elected official. The term of said members of the Board of Directors, with the exception of the four
(4) representatives of the metropolitan counties shall be three (3) years each on a staggered basis, as was originally
provided by these By-Laws and adopted at the annual meeting in October, 1975. No such director shall be eligible for
immediate re-election as a director after having served a full three (3) year term. The terms of the chief executive elected
officials of the four (4) metropolitan counties shall be coterminous with their terms of office.