Another name is in the hat in the Rutherford County Commission race. MTSU graduate Joe Gourley will run in the 9th district, a seat that is currently held by Steve Sandlin. You may recall from past newscast, Sandlin has decided not to run for County Commission and instead run for the office of “Register of Deeds.”
Gourley stated, “If elected I will focus on improving Public Safety, maintaining a strong educational system, promote efficiency in government through technology and seek to preserve green space for future generations.”
Actual Release from Joe Gourley:
Joe Gourley has announced his candidacy in the Republican Primary for Rutherford County Commissioner in the 9th District. Mr. Gourley is a 60 year resident of Smyrna and Rutherford County. Mr. Gourley is a graduate of Smyrna High School and MTSU with degrees in Chemistry, Math and Physics. He and his wife of 44 years Brenda, reside in the Stewarts Creek community. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Other than education Mr. Gourley’s primary focus in representation of the district is public safety oriented and his numerous years of experience and background in public safety related fields fully qualifies him to represent the community’s best interests to this regard.
“If elected I will focus on improving Public Safety, maintaining a strong educational system, promote efficiency in government through technology and seek to preserve green space for future generations. I grew up working on a family farm and learned a strong work ethic which I have carried throughout my career. My parents both taught school and believed that education and determination could take you far in life. I believe every individual has a story to tell and I will listen to your story. I look forward to hearing your ideas. This is a must if government is to be of the people, by the people and for the people. I believe that I have the knowledge and experience to move Rutherford County forward.”
Mr. Gourley’s public safety experience includes 20 years of inclusive employment with the State of Tennessee with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP). He then went to the private sector and spent 12 years at Sprint Communication as the senior engineer. When he retired in 2009 he went to work for Williamson County as the Interoperability Communications Coordinator (ICC), and he has been employed with the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency (RCEMA) since early 2011.
During his tenure Mr. Gourley was appointed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to convene Public Safety Region 39 and was elected its initial chairman in 1986. He has received letters of appreciation from three former governors, the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the TN Department of Safety, the TN Department of Corrections, the US Department of Energy, the TN State Museum, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Home Pittard Campus School, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the TN Municipal League.
Joe Gourley for County Commission