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The County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT) is a non-profit association of County Clerks, State Court Clerks, Registers and Trustees. COAT was formed in 1968 to serve coordinated efforts of county officials with respect to training and intergovernmental relations while providing a cooperative information-sharing environment.

The association is dedicated to promoting the work of county offices and to being a resource for public officials. COAT assists in providing training and continuing education for members and advocates on behalf of counties to the Tennessee General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, and various state agencies and departments.

COAT is managed by a 19 member voting board of directors, about half of whom are elected annually during each fall COAT Association meeting. Representatives from the various county official groups that serve as COAT affiliates gather during the association meeting to discuss issues relating to their county offices.

Rodney Archer is Executive Director of the County Officials Association of Tennessee. Rodney served as a County Commissioner from 2002-2006 and as Trustee from 2006-2017 from Anderson County. He is a graduate in Economics from the University of Tennessee. In 2013, Rodney was named in the Top 40 under 40 by the Knoxville Business Journal.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the County Officials Association of Tennessee to provide equal employment opportunities to individuals and to provide its programs, activities and services to its members regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or status in any other group protected by law. Inquiries and charges of violation of this policy and requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to Jay West, COAT Executive Director, at

Title VI Policy

It is the policy of the County Officials Association of Tennessee to provide all of its programs, activities and services to its members regardless of race, color, or national origin. Inquiries and charges of violation of this policy should be directed to Jay West, COAT Executive Director, at 615-253-6700.

Public Service Legacy Society Launched

The UT Institute for Public Service recently launched the Public Service Legacy Society to honor individuals who remember the institute or one of its agencies – the County Technical Assistance Service, the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, the Law Enforcement Innovation Center, the Center for Industrial Services or the Jimmy Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership – in their estate plans. As a Charter Member of the society, Davidson Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell is strategically planning to continue his legacy of public service for the greater good through a trust set up to benefit the work of the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS).

“Joining the society made sense to me as I wanted to do something to give back to an important organization that touches the lives of nearly all Tennesseans,” Cardwell said. “No other agency does as much for county government as CTAS and I greatly appreciate its work and support, which has helped me serve Davidson County residents for so many years.  Choosing to support IPS through my estate plan worked for me knowing that a program assisting the mission of CTAS will be permanently funded. I hope others consider joining as well.”

There are many ways one can become a member of the Public Service Legacy Society. A simple bequest through an existing will is an option as well as creating a trust as Cardwell is doing. One can also contribute to existing endowmauents through an estate gift or give any appreciated assets such as stocks or bonds. Some individuals choose to make a gift that provides a lifetime of tax-free income at a rate much higher than commercial annuities. It also is possible to see a reduction in estate taxes as a result of free, confidential estate planning assistance provided by the staff of the University of Tennessee Foundation.

Whatever the reason for donation, the gift will affect the economic development, law enforcement, technical advising, training and leadership development in our great state of Tennessee for many years to come.

For more information about the society, contact Rhonda Campbell at The University of Tennessee Foundation, the Institute for Public Service’s development director, at (865)974-6587.