|Betty Boone Best||Genealogist – Appt. 2/21/08|
|Judge Bill Brewer||General Sessions Judge|
|Gaye Hasty||County Clerk – ex-officio|
|Ron French||County Commissioner – Appt. 10/30/14|
|Lorene B. Smith||Historian – Appt. 1/17/2008|
The governing body over the Blount County Records Management and Archives Department is the Blount County Public Records Commission and the Blount County General Services Director. Tennessee state law requires that each county appoint a public records commission consisting of certain members.
Each county's commission must consist of at least six members; additional members are optional. Three of these positions are appointed by the County Executive/County Mayor, then must be confirmed by the County Commissioners. Of these three, one is to be a member of the county legislative body (County Commissioner), one a Judge of one of the courts in the county, and one a genealogist.
In addition, certain county officials automatically become members by nature of the office they hold. These members are the County Clerk, Register of Deeds, County Historian and the County Archivist. Members remain on the board until their term in office expires, or they are deceased. All members have the same right and privileges, including voting rights.
The commission must elect a chairperson and a secretary and keep minutes of all its proceedings and transactions. Members are not paid a salary, except that any member who does not already receive a fixed annual salary from the state or the county "may" receive a $25 for each meeting. State law requires that the county public records commission meet at least twice a year.
Reference - Tennessee Code Annotated 10-7-401 county public records commission created - membership and 10-7-402 Organization of commission - compensation - meetings.