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Jerry Armstrong's public  service began when he was elected as Hardeman County Clerk in 1990.   Since then, he has continued to serve  the public at home and through-out the state of Tennessee  with his unique style customer service.  Jerry is an unforgettable character among the officials of Tennessee. He served as President of Tennessee County Clerk’s Association 2012-13.  Armstrong is a Certified Public Administrator through the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.

It has been the highpoint of my career to have been elected as your COAT President.  I am proud to represent such a dedicated group who are committed to keeping our ties strong.  Together we can face the hurdles coming before us during the 2017 legislative session.  It has never been more important to track legislation and be on top of bills filed that could affect how we perform our duties on a daily basis.

Just as soon as I received the Presidential gavel, Jay West announced his retirement.  He has assured me this was his plan before he knew who would be this year's president.  Every year is full of its tests.  But, this year presents an additional challenge with the search for a new Executive Director.  While we applaud Jay’s decision to stay on board with us through November 1, we have the job of finding his replacement.  A nominating committee, established in our by-laws and made up of the COAT President and the four affiliate Presidents, has been formed to initiate the process.  They are the following:

  • Kellie Jackson – Montgomery County Clerk
  • Phyllis Crisp – Blount County Register of Deeds
  • Randy Kelly – Franklin County Trustee
  • Crystal Greene – Giles County Circuit Court Clerk
  • Jerry Armstrong - Hardeman County Clerk

The members of the nominating committee have begun the process to come up with a good set of criteria and a timeline for the selection that will enable the process to run smoothly.  In the history of COAT, this will be the third Executive Director, so we want to take our time and do a good job selecting the right person for the job.  The committee will submit its recommendations to the COAT Board who will then vote on the hiring process.


Each of our organizations are strongest when we stand together.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president.

COAT President


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