Government

Cannon County Government

COUNTY  EXECUTIVE MIKE GANNON

Legislative Body


Each county in Tennessee, except those with a metropolitan form of government, has a county legislative body, which is also formally known as the board of county commissioners, or informally known as the county commission.


The policy making and legislative authority in Cannon County is vested in the legislative body, or Board of County Commissioners. The Cannon County  board of county commissioners, is composed of ten (10) commisoners of which two (2) are elected from each district. These districts must be apportioned on the basis of population so that each commissioners represents substantially the same number of people.  T.C.A. § 5-1-108.


Commissioners are elected to four-year terms by a simple majority of the residents in their district. Each of the two commissioners in each district are up for election at the same time and are elected for a term of four (4) years. Commissioners set personnel policies for the county, appropriate funds for County departments and set the property tax rate.


The County Excutive (County Mayor), typically, serves as chair of the County Commission and breaks a tie if one occurs during voting. However, the Cannon County Commisisoners can elect  one of their own menbers as the chairperson. Over the years members typically met in January, April, July and October with special call meetings taking place when necessary. During the 2010-2014 term, the commisisoners elected to meet monthy.

The county executive exercises a role of leadership in county government beyond the express authority given by law. The express duties center around county financial management. The county executive is the general agent of the county and as such may draw warrants upon the county general fund. He or she has custody of county property not placed with other officers. The county executive may examine the accounts of county officers.


The county executive is a nonvoting ex officio member of the county legislative body and of all committees of the body, and may be elected chairman of the county legislative body (a post that the county executive is not required to seek or accept). If the county executive is chairman of the county legislative body, the county executive may break a tie by casting a deciding vote; but otherwise cannot vote on measures before the county legislative body. The county executive who is not chairman may veto resolutions of the county legislative body of a legislative nature, but such vetoes may be overridden by a majority of the members of the county legislative body.


The county executive may call special meetings of the county legislative body.

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Mike Gannon

other officers. The county executive may examine the accounts of county officers.


The county executive is a nonvoting ex officio member of the county legislative body and of all committees of the body, and may be elected chairman of the county legislative body (a post that the county executive is not required to seek or accept). If the county executive is chairman of the county legislative body, the county executive may break a tie by casting a deciding vote; but otherwise cannot vote on measures before the county legislative body. The county executive who is not chairman may veto resolutions of the county legislative body of a legislative nature, but such vetoes may be overridden by a majority of the members of the county legislative body.


The county executive may call special meetings of the county legislative body.


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