Tennessee’s first Rural Mayors’ Day to honor leadership on the local level

On Monday, Oct. 2, Tennesseans will celebrate the state’s first-ever observance of Tennessee Rural Mayors’ Day.

Signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam as Public Chapter No. 176, the measure was introduced by House Rep. Barry Doss, R-Leoma, and sponsored by Sen. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, in the Senate.

PC No. 176 states that “the first Monday of October of each year shall be observed as Tennessee Rural Mayors Day to be proclaimed as such by the governor, to honor and recognize mayors of small cities in this state for their tireless work and dedicated service to their respective communities.”

Rep. Doss said there are nine rural mayors in his district governing cities that range in populations from 14,000 to 300. “I work with all of these mayors on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis,” he said. “They do a lot of work for their respective communities, and it’s not for the money. I think that the public doesn’t realize how much work mayors put into running their city. Most of the time they get more complaints than they do pats on the back. We have 345 cities in this state, and if you take out the top 40 or so mayors, that is a lot of rural mayors. They rarely hear someone say ‘thank you for what you’re doing.’”

Sen. Hensley said local mayors are often an important resource for state lawmakers. “We work with our local mayors a lot, and they work so hard to do what is best for their cities,” he said. “We depend on them at the state level to know what is best for their cities and their local area.”

Both lawmakers emphasized that most of the time mayors do not get credit for the day-to-day operations that keep their cities running smoothly. They hope local residents will take the time to give their city mayor a pat on the back and recognize their efforts as part of the special day.

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