The county mayor is the Chief Executive Officer who performs many duties for our citizens. 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. The mayor may also examine the accounts of the county officers to verify each item of expenditure or revenue.

mayor mark potts of jefferson county tn

Mayor Mark Potts

Jefferson County Mayor

Mark Potts is serving his second term as Mayor of Jefferson County which began on September 1, 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 for almost 200 years.

Mayor Potts brings experience, 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 growth of Jefferson County and works cooperatively with the municipalities creating economic development.


  • Jefferson County, Tennessee
    • Mayor 2018-Present
    • Chair, County Commission 2018-2023
  • Jefferson City, Tennessee
    Mayor 2010-2018
    Vice-Mayor 2006-2010
  • Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services
    Paramedic/Supervisor 1997-2018


  • Jefferson County High School, Dandridge, Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee – Marketing
  • Carson Newman University, Jefferson City, Tennessee – Bachelor of Arts
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville – Master of Divinity & Doctor of Ministry
  • Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee – Paramedic
  • University of Tennessee Certified Public Administrator (2021)
  • National Association of Counties- High Performance Leadership Master Certificate (2021)
  • County Executives of America – Certificate in Opioid Abatement Management (2023)
  • Leadership Jefferson County Graduate
  • East Tennessee Regional Leadership Graduate


  • Lakeway Area Metropolitan Planning Transportation Organization (LAMPTO) – Chair 2001-Present
  • East Tennessee Regional Agribusiness Marketing Authority (ETRAMA) – Vice-Chairman 2018-Present
  • Jefferson Alliance – President July 2022-Present
  • East Tennessee Development District – Treasurer October 2018-June 2019, Secretary July 2019-June 2020, Vice-Chair July 2020-June 2021, Chair July 2021-June 2022, Ex-Officio July 2022-Present
  • East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (EHRA) – Treasurer 2018-2019, Secretary 2019-2020, Vice Chair 2020-2021, Chair 2021-2022, Ex-Officio 2022-Present
  • County Executives of America – Vice President – Northeast
  • East Tennessee Regional Leadership Board Member 2011-2016
  • Association of Tennessee Valley Governments East Tennessee Board Member

Carolyn Voiles

Office Manager/Chief of Staff

In addition to aiding the Mayor, Mrs. Voiles functions as a liaison between various departments and agencies. Mrs. Voiles provides oversight in the daily operations of the Mayor’s Office as well as assisting with operational functions concerning other officials. Mrs. Voiles provides support and scheduling for the Mayor and other officers responsible to the Mayor’s Office. 
Email | Phone: 865-397-3800

LeAnn Sutton - director of community relations and special projects - jefferson county tn

LeAnn Sutton, MBA

Director of Community Relations and Special Projects

LeAnn Sutton, MBA serves as the liaison for the County Commission, county departments, boards, and committees. She is the coordinator for the Keep Jefferson Beautiful and ThreeStar programs. Sutton coordinates and represents the Office of County Mayor at various meetings and events throughout Jefferson County.

LeAnn is a native Jefferson County having served the last 20 years in Community and Economic Development. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Carson Newman University and Bachelor of Science in Management from Tusculum College. LeAnn is a graduate of The Appalachian Region Commission, Appalachian Leadership Institute and TVA Rural Leadership Institute. She currently serves a tnAchieves Mentor and has served in various other volunteer roles including the Jefferson County Industrial Development Board, United Way of Jefferson County, Habitat for Humanity and founding member of the former Dandridge Main Street program. She and her husband Jeremy reside in White Pine with their three sons.

Email | Phone: 865-471-1883

David Longmire

Director of Facilities and Safety

Mr. Longmire and his staff are responsible for:

  • Maintenance, upkeep, and janitorial duties of all county property
  • Reserving rooms for meetings and functions within county buildings
  • All TOSHA, OSHA, ADA, and Title VI logs, records, and requirements
  • Capital improvements to county properties
  • Communicating and partnership with the Facilities Committee

Phone: 865-471-1884
Fax: 865-397-3839

Gavin Wright Service Learning Student for the Jefferson County Government

Lucas Havely

Jefferson County High School Service Learning Student

Lucas is a senior at Jefferson County High School where he is a member of both the golf and baseball teams, Beta Club, National Honors Society, Leo Club, Science National Honors Society, and English National Honors Society. Havely is a member of the 2023-24 Senior Play Cast.  After high school he plans to attend a four-year university studying business on a pre-med track with aspirations to become an orthopedic surgeon.


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