County mayor on state commission

Loudon County Mayor Rollen ‘Buddy’ Bradshaw, right, celebrates with Brian Walden after learning he will serve another four-year term as county mayor following the 2018 county primary election.

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally has tabbed Rollen “Buddy” Bradshaw, county mayor, for a spot on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Bradshaw is one of four county members serving, along with Williamson and Sevier County mayors Rogers Anderson and Larry Waters, and Tipton County executive Jeff Huffman.

Brent Greer, Henry County mayor, also serves as a member of the commission representing the Tennessee Development District Association.

The commission features city representatives from Louisville, Cleveland, Bartlett and Morristown, members of the state legislature and other state officials.

“I was absolutely excited,” Bradshaw said. “It came as a little bit of a surprise. To me it’s just an honor. It states what a great county we are and the success we’ve had as a county. … It’s exciting and it’s just an honor for me. It’s very humbling.”

Bradshaw found out about the appointment from McNally earlier in December.

“It was a surprise,” he said. “I knew the lieutenant governor’s appointment was coming up. I didn’t find out until then that he had tagged me for the seat.”

The goal of the commission is to provide feedback and research on various issues for the state legislature.

“We’ll send different issues to that commission and we can get input from counties and cities,” McNally said.

McNally wanted someone for the seat who could represent rural counties.

“I think it was important that we had a mayor who had experience in a rural community and I knew Buddy very well and I have a great deal of respect for him,” McNally said. “I thought he would be a great asset to that commission.”

Bradshaw believes he can fit the role.

“With some of the things that Loudon County has dealt with the last few years, I really understand the effect legislation can have on a small county,” he said.

More than anything, Bradshaw believes the opportunity is a positive for Loudon County.

“It’s much more about Loudon County than it is me,” he said.

“We’ve been on the forefront of some important legislation the last few years and as a county we’ve come out on the good end. … I think it’s just a great opportunity for our county to really shine again on this commission. I think Loudon County is well deserving of being in the spotlight, too.”

McNally agrees that while Bradshaw is tasked with serving the whole state, the appointment is important for the county.

“I think it’s a big star for Loudon County,” he said. “It means that they’ve got people that have access to different legislators. It’s really a big plus for any county or city that has a member on that board.”