Mull seaks 3rd District Commission post
Nov 24, 2013 | 806 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johnny Mull, a lifelong Bradley County resident, is announcing his candidacy for the Bradley County Commission in the 3rd District in the May 6, 2014, Republican Primary.

Mull made the decision after being approached by numerous people who felt he could be an asset on the Commission.

Mull said he is “both honored and humbled that friends, family, and citizens of this community would consider me for such an important leadership position in our community.

“I spent several months prayerfully considering my decision and discussing it with many constituents. I am at peace with my decision and look forward to the campaign,” Mull said.

Mull believes his background and experience in education and administration will serve him well as a county commissioner.

He served as a teacher and coach at Bradley Central High School for 12 years, and has served as the energy manager for Bradley County Schools for the past 14 years, which included three years as the head football coach at Lake Forest Middle School.

“Serving as a teacher/coach at Bradley Central High School and as coach at Lake Forest Middle School allowed me the opportunity to mentor young people into responsible citizens within our community,” Mull stated.

Since assuming the role as energy manager in 1999, Mull has assisted Bradley County Schools in saving more than $11.9 million through energy conservation efforts.

Mull has been named the Southeast Region’s Energy Manager of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers. Bradley County Schools has received the Founder’s Circle Award and the Energy Lighthouse Award from Cinergistics Energy for being a consistent leader in energy conservation.

Mull says it is vitally important to stretch tax dollars as far as possible and to be good stewards of taxpayer money.

According to Mull, “The vision for our community must come from those we entrust in leadership positions.

“I believe that we, as a community, must determine where and what we want Bradley County to be in five years, 10 years, and beyond,” he said. The County Commission plays a vital role in that vision.

Once elected, Mull vows to listen to all concerns and opinions of all residents, especially to those of the 3rd District, before making decisions.

Mull is a firm believer in servant leadership, where you lead by serving those you represent.

“I believe in order to fill that role, a person must have unquestionable integrity and character.”

He said he believes in being a bridge builder, in uniting and not dividing, and in finding solutions, compromise and agreement.

Mull believes in expanding the tax base through economic development. He asserts the Commission should work with others in actively recruiting industry and high-paying jobs into the community.

To bring in jobs, the value of an education and an educated community must be stressed, he added. He also said residents must have strong law enforcement and other vital services as well as be provided cultural and entertainment opportunities.

All these qualities, he said, along with a low tax rate, will continue to help attract industry.

Mull said there will be many challenges, issues and concerns the community will face in the future.

“We must meet those challenges with a Commission who is proactive, and not reactive; a Commission who will unite, and not divide; and a Commission that is passionate about their community and the people they serve,” Mull said.

Mull is a former board member for OAR (Opportunity for Adult Reading), former member of the United Way Fund Distribution Committee and current chairman for Bradley County Schools United Way Fundraising Campaign, a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, former district board member of Tennessee School Plant Managers Association, former member of the Bradley County Mitigation Planning Team, former member of the Council of Deacons at Mount Olive Church of God, and active supporter of Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce Safety Council, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children).

Mull’s mother, Pam Dockery Mull, served as Bradley County Circuit Court clerk for 16 years, until her retirement in 2006. His grandfather, John “Red” Dockery, served as Bradley County Trustee from 1966-82, and Mull’s great-great-grandfather, E.L. Gibson, served as Bradley County sheriff from 1916-19.

Mull has one daughter, Kelsey, who is 16 and a junior at Cleveland High School. Mull attends First Baptist Church in Cleveland.