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Local Government

Don Edwards, County Executive
P.O. Box 387
Wartburg, TN 37887

The County Executive 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; shares administrative tasks with the other constitutional and statutory county officials; and interacts with other county officials in almost every area of local government.

The County Executive is a member of the Board of Directors of the development district and human resources agency of which his county is a part. In this, and in other ways, the County Executive is often viewed as a representative of the county or as the county’s leader in dealings with other governmental entities.

Glen Freytag, Sheriff

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency for Morgan County. The office is located on Main Street across from the Morgan County Courthouse. The Administrative office adjoins the Morgan County Jail. Sheriff Freytag oversees both the law enforcement officers and the jail facility. The Sheriff is elected to a four-year term.

Cheryl Collins, County Clerk

The County Clerk issues vehicle title and registration; collects sales tax on exchange of boats between individuals and provides forms for boat registration from the state; issues hunting and fishing licenses; issues marriage licenses. The County Clerk keeps the Morgan County Commission Minutes and maintains a permanent record of Morgan County Commission meetings and records various Committee meetings. She also collects Notary Public commission of $12.00 (applicant must have bond and be approved by Morgan County Commission; takes applications for beer licenses ($250 initial fee). Payments are accepted via cash, check, or credit/debit card. The County Clerk’s Office is on the first floor of the Courthouse. The County Clerk is elected to a four-year term.

Cindy Jones, Trustee

The Trustee serves as treasurer for the county. She collects all taxes: real, personal and public utilities. She collects and distributes all monies for the county and keeps records of all disbursements for each department; invests and safeguards the county’ funds. She prepares and submits monthly financial reports to County Commission, County Executive and Finance Officer, as well as an annual report to the Department of Education on all school related revenue and expenses. Administers the State Funded Tax Relief Program for Morgan County’s elderly and disabled. The Trustee’s Office is located on the first floor (Room 106) of the Courthouse. The Trustee is elected to a four-year term.

Sandra Dalton, Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds is in charge of all real estate. She records warranty deeds, trust deeds and related instruments; powers of attorney; real estate contracts, leases, options to purchase; military discharges; charges of incorporation; certified will copies; certified judgment copies; and orders of courts. The Register of Deeds Office is located on the first floor of the Courthouse. The Register of Deeds is elected to a four-year term.

Frank Williams III, Chancellor
Angela Anderson, Clerk and Master

Probates wills; collects back taxes; keeps records of Morgan County Chancery Court (handles divorces, adoptions, worker’s compensation, guardianship, partition, conservativeships and trusts, contract debts, boundary line disputes and miscellaneous civil suits). The Clerk and Masters Office is on the first floor of the Courthouse. The Clerk and Master is appointed.

Pam Lively, Circuit Court Clerk

Responsible for several courts including: Circuit Civil and Criminal Courts, General Sessions Civil and Criminal Courts, Juvenile Civil and Criminal. Through General Sessions, the office processes Civil lawsuits up to $25,000 along with Orders of Protection, divorces and child support.

In General Sessions Criminal the office handles DUI, driving on a revoked license, assaults/domestic complaints, drug charges, and traffic tickets for county and city officers.

In Circuit Civil, the office has lawsuits over $25,000 from auto accidents, condemnation suits, breach of contacts and child support.

Criminal Court cases are bound over from General Sessions Court, and they also do presentments to the Grand Jury. The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office also processes filings from the prison that lead to Appeal Cases, which involves the office doing a technical record on each case appealed to the Court of Circuit/Criminal Appeals. Juvenile Court consists of petitions for child custody, Department of Children’s Services’ filings, and child support. Juvenile Criminal cases are traffic, truancy, and unruly/delinquent.

The office also issues subpoenas and capias in most of the courts and abstracts to the state on unpaid traffic tickets. The office collects fines and costs and restitutions on cases in all courts and makes daily deposits in all three courts. At the end of each month, staff closes out all courts by paying monies to the state, county, officer costs, clerk fees and restitution. The Circuit Court Clerk is elected to a four-year term.

District Attorney General's Office
Russell Johnson, District Attorney General
Kingston Office

Deals with victims of crime; provides legal information about steps which need to be taken; informs victims if situation is a crime and prosecutes criminal cases; oversees Division of Child Support Enforcement; oversees witnesses in pending cases. The DA’s main office is located in Roane County in Kingston. The DA is elected to an eight-year term.

Morgan County Criminal Court
E. Eugene Eblen, Criminal Court Judge

Criminal Court mainly handles felony cases, including Grand Jury indictments, general session criminal court appeals, and all post-conviction relief hearings. Judge Eblen’s main office is located in Kingston.

Morgan County General Sessions Court
Mike Davis, Judge

Issues civil warrants for small claims court (under $10,000), handles misdemeanors, traffic court and preliminary hearings for felonies as well as some divorces and custody cases. Also sits as Judge of the Juvenile court. The General Sessions Judge’s office is on the first floor of the Courthouse. The General Sessions Judge is elected to an eight-year term.

Morgan County Circuit Court
Russell Simmons, Jr., Circuit Court Judge

Handles lawsuits over $10,000; files civil lawsuits; collects child support; files adoptions; handles workers compensation, collects judgments and cost on civil cases; issues garnishments and executions; files divorces; empanels jurors, processes appeal papers to Court of Appeals; receives payments of costs and judgments.

Morgan County Attorney
Andrew Hall

The Morgan County Attorney serves as legal counsel to the county officials and sits in on many of the county commission meetings as necessary. The County Attorney is elected by the voters to a four-year term.

Sanitation Department

The Morgan County Department of Sanitation oversees the convenience centers in each of the communities in the county. The department also operates a landfill located off Flat Fork Road in Wartburg. The landfill is restricted. In addition to his paid staff, the Director uses inmate labor from the state prison to dispose of the county’s solid waste.

Department of Finance
Gary Howard, Director

Gary Howard has been Morgan County’s Director of Finance since 2002. He previously served as a Financial Analyst for Union Planters Bank. He and his staff are responsible for all the county’s purchasing, payroll, budgeting, accounting and cash financial management. The Finance Office administers the finances for all funds handled by the Trustee. He also assists other county officials with their budgets and in achieving an efficient financial management system. The Director is hired by the County Commission’s Finance Committee.

Administrator of Elections
Tim Sweat

Oversees voter registration. Forms may be filled out in person or requested by telephone and sent to mailing address. Registration must be complete 30 days prior to an upcoming election. Oversees absentee voting in person or by mail; dispenses official petitions to candidates; keeps current list of elected officials; conducts all county, city, state and federal elections. The Election Commission Office is on the first floor of the courthouse. The Administrator of Elections is appointed by the Elections Commission.

Morgan County Superintendent of Roads
Roy Smith, Superintendent

The Morgan County Road Department maintains county roads and bridges. The office is located on Flat Fork Road. The superintendent is elected by the voters to a four-year term of office.

Emergency Medical Services
Larry Potter, Director

The Morgan County Emergency Medical Services provides emergency care to local residents through its qualified team of paramedics, emergency medical technicians and transportation staff. The office is located on Flat Fork Road. The position is appointed by the Morgan County Commission.

Morgan County Department of Sanitation
Leamon Woods, Director

Morgan County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Jody Zorsch, Director

Morgan County EMA is responsible for preparing and maintaining the county emergency plan, hazardous materials training, hazardous materials response, disaster pre-planning and disaster response. The position is filled by the County Executive.


Morgan County is represented in Washington by Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker; and Representative Lincoln Davis. Morgan County is part of the 4th Congressional District. In the Tennessee General Assembly, the people of Morgan County are represented by Sen. Ken Yager, and Representative John Mark Windle.


Senator Bob Corker
509 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Senator Lamar Alexander
302 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510

U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis
629 N. Main Street
Jamestown, TN 38556


Senator Ken Yager
10A Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243
Representative John Mark Windle
202A War Memorial Building
Nashville, TN 37243


City of Wartburg
Wartburg City Hall
121 North Kingston Street
Wartburg, TN 37887
Joey Williams, Mayor
P.O. Box 386
Wartburg, TN 37887

The City of Wartburg is the county seat of Morgan County and is located on the Cumberland Plateau. Joey Williams is currently elected to serve as the Mayor. As well as having the county courthouse, Wartburg is also home to the headquarters for the Obed Wild and Scenic River (managed by the National Park Service), Frozen Head State Park, and Lone Mountain State Forest. Nearby to Wartburg is the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

City of Oakdale
Oakdale City Hall
604 Queen Street
Oakdale, TN 37829
Vic Jeffers, Mayor
P.O. Box 11
Oakdale, TN 37829

The City of Oakdale is located along the banks of the Emory River in Southern Morgan County. Vic Jeffers is currently elected to serve as Mayor. He is joined on the City Council by two elected aldermen. Communities bordering the City of Oakdale are Piney, Rankins Chapel, Boswell Chapel and Pine Orchard. The community is served by Oakdale School and the various departments that provide emergency services for Morgan County. During the days when the railroad was a thriving business, Oakdale was a major player in Morgan County business and industry. Oakdale has a city park, a volunteer fire department, a public library and numerous churches.

City of Sunbright
Sunbright City Hall
120 Melton Drive
Sunbright, TN 37872
Dennis Reagan, Mayor
P.O. Box 188
Sunbright, TN 37872

The City of Sunbright is located in the north end of Morgan County, located directly along U.S. Highway 27. Dennis Reagan is currently serving as Mayor. He replaced Karen Melton in 2004 when she decided to retire. In addition to the Mayor, the city has two Alderman and a City Recorder. The city recently added a city police department.


Citizen's Gas
P.O. Box 320
Helenwood, TN 37755

Wartburg Office
P.O. Box 320
Wartburg, TN 37887
Plateau Electric
P.O. Box 4669
Oneida, TN 37841

Wartburg Office
838 Spring Street
Wartburg, TN 37887

Highland Telephone Cooperative
7840 Morgan County Hwy
Sunbright, TN 37872
Highland Communications
P.O. Box 1278
Wartburg, TN 37887

Highland Media Corporation
7840 Morgan County Highway
Wartburg, TN 37887
Sunbright Utility District
8240 Morgan County Highway
Sunbright, TN 37872

Harriman Utility
P.O. Box 434
Harriman, TN 37748
Cumberland Utility
P.O. Box 950
Harriman, TN 37748

Joint Economic Development Board

Executive Committee
Don Edwards, Morgan County Executive
Joey Wiliams, Mayor, City of Wartburg
Dennis Reagan, Mayor, City of Sunbright
Vic Jeffers, Mayor, City of Oakdale

Board Members:
Gigi Schooler, Executive Director, Morgan Co. Chamber of Commerce
Kelly Amonett
Terry Armes
Lisa Rutherford

Development Districts

East Tennessee Development District
Terry Bobrowski, Executive Director
P.O. Box 249
Alcoa, TN 37701

Other Important Links

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)