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Benny McGuire named president of statewide board of county mayors

Benny McGuire named president of statewide board of county mayors
Benny McGuire named president of statewide board of county mayors | Benny McGuire named president of statewide board of county mayors

MURFREESBORO — Benny McGuire, a second-term county mayor in Obion County, has been named president of the Association of County Mayors of Tennessee, the statewide organization representing all 95 county mayors and executives.
McGuire was officially named to the position Thursday during the Tennessee County Services Association’s Annual Fall Conference & Trade Show in Rutherford County (Murfreesboro). ACM is an affiliate organization to the Tennessee County Services Association, and McGuire will serve on the TCSA board of directors as a representative of ACM.
A 1965 graduate of Obion County Central High School, McGuire is a 1967 graduate of the Newbern Vocational Technical School, where he studied electronics. He completed a technology training program in Oak Ridge and an 18-month apprenticeship program sponsored by the Atomic Energy Commission. He worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Union City for more than 36 years, serving in maintenance management for 33 of those years.
McGuire served Obion County 18 years on the Obion County Highway Commission and was chairman for eight of those years.

Since being first elected as Obion County mayor in 2006, he has earned the title of certified public administrator through the County Officials Certificate Training Program, a program sponsored by The University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service.
A former community girl’s softball and boy’s baseball coach, McGuire is presently serving as the director of the Antioch Cemetery Association in Hornbeak and as a member of numerous local boards and committees in his position as county mayor. Statewide, he is also the current chair of the Northwest Tennessee Development District.
McGuire and his wife, the former Ann Warner, have three children.
McGuire said he feels proud that his peers selected him to be in the group to lead them. However, he said, the title came sooner than expected. He said once placed in rotation for leadership roles, he served as secretary of the group and was supposed to be second vice president, then first vice president, before becoming president.
During the last election, the people serving as president and vice president were defeated, therefore moving the first vice president to the president’s role and him to the first vice president’s role. Each office is a one-year term.
The county mayor said his responsibilities include presiding over the five or six meetings the group has each year. He said the group has a director who works with the legislature and they will speak about bills affecting the state’s counties and then they will send out letters asking counties to support certain bills.
Published in The Messenger 10.31.11

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