Bedford County Mayor
Information: The Office of County Mayor
The County Mayor is known as the highest elected official of the county. It is an elected position with a term of four years. In Bedford County, the Mayor is the Chief Financial Official. Eugene Ray was elected County Mayor in 2006, 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He serves as the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee and as a non-voting member of the Budget and Finance Committee.
Mayor Ray believes that it is important for all local governments to work cooperatively to achieve the level of services that the citizens of Bedford County expect and deserve to receive. He believes that government should be run efficiently and uses every means necessary to implement cost savings ideas.
“I consider it a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to serve the community as Bedford County Mayor. My wife and I are proud to be able to call ourselves lifelong members of this community,” said Ray. “I have watched the enormous growth in Bedford County over the past several years and realize that some of the issues that confront all of us are lack of a strong efficient fiscal government, continuous industrial, retail and commercial recruiting and to continue to support education for the citizens.” Ray is a lifetime resident of Bedford County.
The County Mayor exercises a role of leadership in the county government with the primary duty focusing on county financial management. Under Mayor Ray’s guidance, on Nov. 14, 2006 the Bedford County Commissioners passed the 1981 Financial Management Act T.C.A. 5-21-101 with a 18-0 vote which centralized the County systems for budgeting, accounting and purchasing. With this system, the County Mayor is a member of the Financial Management Committee.
The Mayor currently serves on the following committees:
- Celebration Affiliate Board
- Chairman of the Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Board
- Industrial Board
- Governor's Advisory Planning Board
- Governor’s Advisory Planning Board
- Solid Waste Board
- South Central Tennessee Development District Board
- South Central Human Resources Board
- Economic Development Board
- Chamber of Commerce Board
- United States Selective Service Board
- Heart of Tennessee Chapter of Red Cross Board
- Health Council
- Shelbyville Bedford County Senior Citizens Board
- Railroad Authority Board