Bradley County Clerk Donna Simpson completed a successful year as the president of the County Officials Association of Tennessee.
Her year of service culminated with the 45th annual COAT conference held last week in Murfreesboro.
COAT is a nonprofit association of county clerks, state court clerks, registers of deeds and trustees. It was formed in 1968 to help county officials with respect to training and intergovernmental relations and also providing a resource for the sharing of information.
The association is managed by a 17-member voting board of directors about half of which are elected annually during the fall conference.
COAT Executive Director Jay West manages the association and keeps a watchful eye for any legislation that would affect these offices.
Members of each officeholder group gather in the fall during the meeting to discuss issues relating to their specific office.
“We always receive such good information at this conference that helps us to perform our duties more efficiently. You are face-to-face with officials and employees from the state offices that we deal with regularly. I am looking forward to implementing their suggestions in order to keep the county clerk’s office updated with new services we can offer.” Simpson explained.
“We learned at the conference that our office will soon be able to connect to the state system in real time so that some transactions will update immediately upon completion. For example, this will permit us to replace lost titles while the customer waits rather than it being mailed days later.”
This year’s conference featured plenty of hometown appeal, showcasing two talented groups from Bradley County. The Collins Brothers Band provided their self-described brand of “twang and bang” country rock entertainment on Wednesday evening and The Voices of Lee were on hand Thursday night to perform for the awards banquet.
“What a thrill to have these two special groups from my hometown come to Murfreesboro to perform,” Simpson said. “They both added so much to the event and made me so proud of the talent that we have in Bradley County. Conference attendees from across the state were blown away by these two groups.”
The conference closes with the passing of the gavel to the incoming president, Tim Shelton, register of deeds in Anderson County.
“It is hard to believe that my year as president has come to a close. What an honor and a privilege it has been to be president of such a great organization,” Simpson said. “We worked together as a team to achieve the desired outcome of various issues and it has truly been an honor to work with such a caring and dedicated board, executive director and membership.”
Simpson has added many new services to the county clerk’s office during her tenure. She sid she is always looking to offer the most updated, efficient and effective service to the citizens of Bradley County.
Simpson is currently in her fourth term as Bradley County Clerk. She was previously honored by the County Officials Association as Tennessee’s Outstanding County Official in 2011 and as Tennessee’s Outstanding County Clerk in 2004. She has also served as President of the County Clerk’s Association and is looking forward to running for re-election in 2014.