Trustee offered position with C.O.A.T

Anderson County Trustee Rodney Archer has been offered the Executive Director position by The County Officials Association of Tennessee (C.O.A.T.).

Archer said he has not “seen a contract yet,” and won’t until after the C.O.A.T. board meets May 9.

If approved Archer would resign his position as Anderson County Trustee and begin his new duties “in the summer.”

The County Officials Association of Tennessee promotes more efficient county government throughout all of the counties of Tennessee. It consists of members from the county clerks, clerks of court, registers of deeds, and County Trustees Associations in the state.

“I am proud to have been offered the position of Executive Director of COAT, but I have not seen a contract or details, as I was only offered the position late last (Friday) night,” Archer said.

“Once the details are laid out before me and I accept, the COAT board will meet on May 9th to approve my hiring. If the board approves my hiring, I would not assume my new role until later this summer. If all that occurs, then I will resign as trustee and provide for a smooth transition for whomever the county commission appoints to as the new trustee. My goal in this process will be to leave the trustee’s office in the best possible hands possible for the people of Anderson County.”

If Archer accepts the position to lead C.O.A.T., Archer would be tasked with directing training and guidance to county governments in an effort to replicate those successes across the state.

“One of the greatest joys of my life has been to serve the people of Anderson County,” Archer said. “I have worked extremely hard to identify ways to make our office as easy and pleasant for residents to do business with. I feel we have been successful in many respects.”

“People are becoming increasingly disgruntled with government and essentially the responsibility lies with us at the local levels to maintain what trust is still there and build upon that. It’s not going to come from Washington down. It’s going to come from local governments and go up,” said Archer.

Archer was awarded Outstanding Trustee of the Year for 2015 at a conference in Knoxville. Archer was also named the East Tennessee Trustee of the year in 2010.