County Mayor


The county mayor is the chief executive officer of the county who may examine the accounts of the county officers to verify each item of expenditure or revenue.

The county mayor serves as a non-voting, ex officio member of each committee of the county legislative body and of each board, commission, or authority of the county government. The county mayor appoints members of county boards, commissions and department heads subject to confirmation by the legislative body.

The county mayor has the care and custody of all county property and may enter into letters of agreement with the county “fee” officials regarding the number of deputies and assistants and their salaries.


Mark Potts is in his first term as Mayor of Jefferson County beginning September 01, 2018.  Mayor Potts was born and raised in Jefferson County, to Glenn and Betty Potts.  He grew up in the Swannsylvania community, where his family has lived several generations for almost 200 years.


Mark served Jefferson City as Mayor for eight (8) – years and Vice-Mayor for four (4) - years.   Mayor Potts brings exprienece, integrity and dedication to the office while honoring our small town values.   The Mayor is working diligently to bring job growth, quality education enhanced quality of life and a unified Jefferson County.  Mark has been instrumental in the recent growth in the county and works cooperatively with the municipalities creating economic development.


  • Graduate of Jefferson County High School
  • Studied Marketing at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Graduate of Carson Newman University; Jefferson City, TN: Bachelor of Arts
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Louisville, KY: Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry
  • Walters State Community College; Morristown, TN: Paramedic


  • Paramedic/Supervisor: 1997-2018
  • Lakeway Area Metropolitan Planning Transportation Organization (LAMPTO) Chair: 2011- Present
  • East Tennessee Development District (ETDD) Treasurer: 2018 – Present
  • East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) Treasurer: 2018 – Present
  • East Tennessee Regional Agribusiness Marketing Authority Vice-Chairman: 2018- Present
  • Graduate of leadership Jefferson County and East Tennessee Regional Leadership

Contact Information

Jefferson County Mayor's Office
P.O Box 710 (mailing)
214 West Main St. (shipping)
Dandridge, TN 37725

Phone: (865) 397-3800
Fax: (865) 397-3839


For contact information for the Mayor's Department, please see the County Mayor section in the Jefferson County "Directory."